Friday, July 22, 2016

All Things Bright & Beautiful ~ Cecil Frances Alexander ~ A Review



When the opportunity to review this lovely book came about, I knew my daughter would love it. And she did!

Katy Hudson has lovingly illustrated this widely known hymn with pictures of children and animals among the fields and flowers. Even though it's geared for ages 3-7, my sweet girl, who just turned 9, enjoyed it also. We've been using it as our bedtime story every night!

About the book:
First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the artist:
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.

Specs:
Jacketed hardcover
Page count: 32
Reading age: 4-7
Category: juvenile fiction/Christian
Retail price: $15.99

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Want the chance to win a copy for your little ones? 


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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, 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.

Blessings!

Alicia

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unashamed ~ Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom From Shame by Heather Davis - ~A Review







Heather draws on her work as a counselor and her education at Westminster Theological Seminary for this probing look at shame and its effects on many corners of our lives. As she explains in the introduction, Nelson draws significantly on the work of author Brené Brown, layering in additional insight on shame from a biblical perspective.

With scriptural references, personal anecdotes, and composites drawn from her counseling work, she examines shame generated by things we encounter on a daily basis, from our self image to how we treat our spouses and children. Heather provides a response based on how the Bible says God views us.

She also applies those principles in day-to-day relationships, with chapters on how shame functions in marriage, parenting, and within the church. Her strategic use of reflection questions at the end of each chapter and appendices on body, eating disorders, and abuse help personalize the material without sidetracking the conversation. While it's not done with a touchy-feely approach, her choice to ground the topic in scripture and her counseling experience offer you a valuable framework.

Heather offers hope to those struggling with shame. She shines a life-giving light of the gospel on things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing us to God who promises to always forgive and restore us.



*Disclosure - I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for my review and post. All opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Blessings!

Alicia

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Mother's Quilts ~ Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith - {A Review & Giveaway}



You know those books you pick up and then find it hard to put down? Well, I have one for you! My Mother's Quilts - Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith by Ramona Richards is a complete joy to read. Especially if you are a quilter or have been blessed to have a quilter in your family.

My mother has always been a seamstress/sewist, and about 11-12 years ago, when she worked at Hancocks, she got interested in quilting. Then she got hooked. And while I've dabbled, and have several UFO's, I am not, and will never be, the quilter she is. She's made several quilts for herself and others, including me, my brother and my kiddos. I thought I'd share a few with you.


This quilt is a scrap quilt that my maternal Great Great Great Grandmother on my Grandmother's side made. Her name was Annis Corey and she was born in 1829 in New York and died in 1910 in Missouri. She had 8 children during her life.





This is a Texas Star that my Maternal Great Great Great Grandmother on my Grandpa's side made. She was born in Ohio in 1799 and died in Missouri in 1860. She had a total of 17 children and out-lived 4 of them.

My grandmother had both of the quilt tops in her attic for about 50 years, she gave them to my Mom who had them quilted.



This quilt was part of a Mystery Quilt that my Mom made. I love the Fall colors!


She created this pattern just from her ideas.


And this is will be a Santa quilt when it's finished.



In Ramon's book, she tells the stories behind thirty family heirloom quilts, while also providing a lesson and encouragement behind each one.

Two of my favorites in the book are the Carolina Lily and the Butterfly Handkerchief. The Carolina Lily was hidden in a chest and buried in a barn to survive the ravages of the Civil War, and the Butterfly Handkerchief was created from handkerchiefs that her grandmother used to carry, back in the days when ladies carried handkerchiefs. The quilt was placed on Ramona's mother's casket when she passed away.

Reading the stories behind each quilt and the women who made them, almost makes you feel like you are there to witness the quilt being made, the sense of pride and love that goes in to each quilt. The choosing of the fabrics, the saving the scraps, the combing of the cotton to make the batting! And the bleaching of the flour and feed sacks for the backing. 

About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

Would you like the chance to win a quilt of your own? You can enter to win a Friendship Quilt! Just click here to get your entry in!

 CONTEST OFFER! 

Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click HERE to get started!






Good luck and Blessings!

Alicia

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  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. This blog and its owner are not responsible for the choosing of the winners or shipping of the prizes.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bible Belle's - A Review & Giveaway



Our latest review was one just made for my daughter. The first book in a series that highlights the heroines of the Bible; Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah. 

Bible Belle's The Adventures of Rooney Cruz - Esther The Belle of Patience is the book we were able to review and my daughter loved it. 

The message the story teaches us is that we talk to God and He talks to us. We just have to listen and be patient to hear Him. If your daughter is anything like mine, patience is not a virtue she was born with. And I'm sad to say, she comes by it naturally.


The series set out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. They want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. 

If you would like the opportunity to share this wonderful book with your daughter, we're hosting a giveaway for a copy!


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Bible BellesWebsite

"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, 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.”

Blessings!

Alicia

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of The Resistance = A Review



I recently received the opportunity to review The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance. I knew my son, the gamer in the family, would enjoy this game. What I didn't realize was that I would enjoy it right along with him.

My son is 10 and was able to figure out the play of the game, but also was able to understand the story behind it. It prompted quite a few conversations between us!

About The Game

Aetherlight is a game designed for pre-teens, but simple game can be used as a great conversation starter for both you and your children. By closely following the story of the Bible, but in a steampunk inspired land, players are able to make the connections and discoveries for themselves, and see the Bible stories in a new light.

Remember the first time you walked through the wardrobe into Narnia™? The story of Narnia brought a theology into our hands and hearts through immersing young readers in the grand narrative of the scriptures. They may not have realized it at the time, but the story of the Bible told through allegory, impacted the way they viewed this world and their part in it.

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance™ tells the same story refreshed and invigorated to recapture a digital generation with the grand story of God.

The Aetherlight effectively engages kids in the Bible by engaging their imaginations and allowing them to explore it in a way never done before, through something familiar to them - a game!

The game can be downloaded here. Requires: Windows 7 or later | 2.3GHz+ Processor | 2GB+ RAM | 1GB Available HDD space | Resolution: 640 x 480 or higher


After downloading you'll be able to create a character in the game, or use our online character creator.

You can also find it in the Apple Store and Google Play.

*Disclosure - A free copy of the game was provided by BuzzPlant. All opinions are my own.



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Phil Wickham "Children of God" CD Review



It's not very often I get the opportunity to review a musical CD. So when the opportunity to review Phil Wickham's new album, Children of God came about, I was so excited to be chosen!

I had heard "Your Love Awakens Me" on the radio and immediately fell in love with the song and the message it conveys. Of all the songs on the album, it is still my favorite!

Children of God is Phil's first album in three years. his single "This Is Amazing Grace" was certified RIAA Gold and names BMI's Christian Song of the Year as it topped radio charts.

Children of God is filled with songs that are sure to follow in those footsteps and become new worship favorites.

About Phil Wickham
At his core, Phil is a humble, sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listener's hearts and minds.

If you have not had a chance to hear any of his music, I highly recommend you check him out, then go get yourself of a copy of Children of God!

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.

Blessings!

Alicia


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ESV Family Devotional Bible - A Review


We recently had the pleasure of reviewing the ESV Family Devotional Bible. 

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life. 

The Family Devotional Bible retells in a clear and simple way 130 stories from the Bible, using language accessible for all ages of children in the family. The stories summarize the longer passages that surround them. At the end of each story are questions for the family and a key verse that is related to the main theme of the story. 

If you would like the opportunity to share this Bible with your family, we are holding a giveaway! This one is an easy one, just comment below with your favorite Bible verse! The winner will be chosen on May 22nd!

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, 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.
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Family-Devotional-Bible-Bibles-Crossway/dp/1433551497/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461101430&sr=8-1&keywords=family+devotional+bible

Blessings and Good luck!

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