What’s in the Bible? Volume 10 – Review & Giveaway

If you have been reading my blog recently, you probably know that I have been interested in the What’s in the Bible? DVDs. A few weeks back I was able to review the What’s in the Bible Coloring Book, and that made me even more determined to find a way to watch one of the videos. Imagine my surprise when a few days later I received an email giving me the opportunity to review What’s in the Bible? Volume 10 – Jesus is the Good News! I jumped at the chance and we watched the video the day it came in the mail.

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About the DVD

What’s in the Bible? was created by the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer. There are 13 DVDs that take your family through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious friends explain the Bible in a fun fast paced series that will have you singing, laughing, and learning.

We received volume 10 – Jesus is the Good News! The video is approximately 66 minutes long and has two episodes. In the first episode, God’s Perfect Timing, Buck Denver and the crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time. In the second episode, The Messiah Has Come!, we learn about the life and ministry of Jesus – how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us.

This video is the first video focusing on the New Testament. The first few minutes are spent reviewing everything that was learned in the previous videos about the Old Testament. At first I was concerned that AJ would be lost since she hasn’t learned about all of the Old Testament yet, but she wasn’t. The quick review gave enough information to catch her up to speed and then it was time to learn about what happened after the Old Testament. 

What’s in the Bible? is full of different puppets, cartoons, songs, and Phil Vischer explaining difficult and new information. Even though it is geared towards kids, this DVD taught me a lot as well. 

What did we think?

We loved the DVDd! It explained hard to understand concepts (like why the 4 Gospels have a lot of the same information), used catchy songs and fun characters, and was short enough to hold AJ’s attention. Best of all it made learning more about the Bible fun, easy, and entertaining! AJ watched the DVD at least three times and I foresee her watching it even more in the future. I liked how much information was packed into a short video and how well the information is portrayed.  We liked the video so much that on black Friday I actually purchased the rest of the DVDs in the series (I had a few gift certificates) and AJ will find them under the tree this year. I think the What’s in the Bible? DVDs will make a great addition to our history and Bible curriculum and our home in general. 
Right now What’s in the Bible is having a sale on the DVDs, they are regularly $14.99 but are on sale for $9.97. 
I am thankful to have the opportunity to giveaway one copy of What’s in the Bible volume 10 – Jesus is the Good News. Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

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Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Movie Review & SWAG Giveway

When I found out that I would be given a chance to view Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Saving Christmas before it was released to theaters I was ecstatic. I love a lot of his movies and felt that this new movie would be great. Putting Christ back in Christmas is a good thing, right? Not to mention getting to see a movie before it was released to the public is exciting.

What is the movie about?

This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that will leave the audience with an understanding of a biblical basis for our celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … and let’s put Christ back in Christmas! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14.

Here is the movie trailer.

It sounds like a wonderful movie, and is obviously geared for Christians. From the movie description you may expect a fun family movie where Kirk Cameron and his family explore the true meaning of Christmas. A movie that keeps you interested and gives a great message. Well if that is what you are expecting, you are in for a big let down.

I sat down with my mom to watch what I thought would be a great family movie. It started off with Kirk Cameron giving an introduction where he states how he loves Christmas, the trees, hot chocolate, etcetera.  I feel the same way so I thought we were off to a great start.

The movie begins with a Christmas party, at this point it looks like a  good movie. Then a few things happen and Kirk Cameron ends up talking with his brother-in-law, Christian, in the car. Christian feels that we have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. At this point Kirk begins to explain how everything really points to Jesus. This is where the movie went from pretty good to bad. Most of the movie takes place in the car with narrated scenes that feel very documentary like. After a while my mom asked how long the movie was and stated that it was very boring. We continued to watch thinking it would get better, but it didn’t.

There were some interesting points. I learned a few things about the origins of Christmas that I didn’t previously know. In fact, if all the narrated scenes would have been made into a documentary, I probably would have enjoyed it. What I didn’t care for was the documentary stuck in the middle of what should have been a movie. There was a great lack of storyline and a lot of things just didn’t seem to fit.

I feel that the movie description sets you up to be let down. The movie definitely doesn’t live up to the hype. If I would have watched the movie in the theater I would have more than likely walked out halfway through and asked for my money back. I feel this movie really missed the mark.

Take a great idea for a movie, throw in too much narration, not enough story line, some oddly placed attempts at humor, what felt  like about ten minutes of nothing but dancing, and you have Saving Christmas.

I am just one of many people who reviewed this movie, and I have yet to see another negative review. Maybe I was expecting too much, but with the cost of movies and the numerous options, I think a movie needs to live up to its description. 
Even though I didn’t like the movie, you may. Just don’t set your expectations too high. Saving Christmas will be in select theaters for only two weeks beginning November 14th. If it sounds like something you would like to see, see it before it leaves theaters. 
Thanks to Propeller Consulting I am able to offer a great giveaway. One winner will receive a signed (by Kirk Cameron) Saving Christmas movie poster, the movie soundtrack, and a car air freshener.

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Wizzy Gizmo – Review and Giveaway

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Wizzy Gizmo, the name itself is enough to bring a smile to your face. A few weeks ago I had never heard of Wizzy Gizmo, but that changed when I was recently given the opportunity to review a few products from the Wizzy Gizmo company.

What is Wizzy Gizmo?

Actually Wizzy Gizmo isn’t a only a what, but a who. Wizzy Gizmo is a series of Bible books for kids, Bible audio dramas, Bible flashcards, and  more. All of these are based off of a main character named, Wizzy Gizmo. The character Wizzy Gizmo is a genius inventor who loves God and loves to explore the Bible.


Currently Wizzy Gizmo has 2 books available, Who Created Everything? and In His Image
The first book, Who Created Everything? covers all of Genesis chapter 1. At first I thought that an entire kids book based of of one chapter in the Bible would be boring. The story has been done so many times before and in so many ways. But, Wizzy Gizmo is so much more! The story is fun and engaging, yet it doesn’t take away from the amazing Bible story. I love how the characters in the book don’t actually talk to Adam or Eve, they just listen in and watch them.

 The second book, In His Image, covers Genesis chapter 2. Both books have vibrant colors and  engaging images that really draw you in. The books are very well done and explain the Bible in a kid friendly way without dumbing it down. I think the books are perfect and I really look forward to seeing more in the series. We were able to view a digital copy of the books, both AJ and myself thought they would be fun to read over and over. The books are available for $12.99 each. I am normal very frugal when it comes to books, but I think that these books are worth the price.

Audio Drama 

Currently there is one audio drama available, Who Created Everything? The audio drama is absolutly amazing! AJ said it was like watching TV with her eyes closed. I honestly think that out of all of the products, that the audio drama was our favorite. It was way more than just an audio book.The music and the characters really bring the story to life.  We were able to listen to a digital copy, and while that was great, I would recommend the CD and digital download option. It would have been nice to listen to the CD while we were stuck in the car running errands. The Audio drama is available as a digital download for $9.99 or as a CD and digital download for $14.99.

Fast Track Bible Cards

The item that AJ and I received as a physical product was the New Testament Fast Track Bible Cards. It is a set of 27 double sided cards that are full of information all about the books in the New Testament. On the front of each card there is a summary of the book, the author of the book, the approximate date it was written, and the theme of the book. Then you turn it over and it lists the key people, key passages, key chapters, key doctrine, and an outline of the book.

The cards are large and sturdy. They are easy to read and full of color, but best of all is the abundance of information. I have read the Bible all of the way through a few times but these cards really pull together everything and make sense. I love the timeline aspect and the theme on the bottom of the cards.

How did we use the cards?

AJ is working on the Old Testament right now, so we used the Fast Track Bible Cards to help get her familiar with the books in the New Testament. She looked up some of the key verses, practiced putting the books in order, and spent some time just reading the cards. According to the website the cards are perfect for kids up to 12, but I learned a lot from these cards and think that most adults would to. The cards are available for $14.99.

Any of the Wizzy Gizmo materials would be a wonderful addition to any home school, church group, of family that is looking for a fun way to help kids get to know the Bible.  

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Melk the Christmas Monkey – Review

 I love Christmas! I love the songs, the decorations, the crafts and activities, the candy canes, the trees, and the spirit of good will. We always keep God at the center, but we take part in a lot of fun traditions as well. In our home we go all out. Santa comes, Elfie our Elf on the Shelf comes, and this year there is a new addition, Melk.  I know it’s only October, but AJ and I were given the chance to review a new e-book created by Katie Horner, an international speaker, educator, author and blogger who loves Christmas inside and out. Katie created the fun new e-book, Melk, the Christmas Monkey.

Who is Melk?

Melk, also known as Melchinor Noel Yule, is a mute, nocturnal, monkey, who loves Christmas. The only thing that he loves more than Christmas is God. His job is to spend the month of December with your family to teach them more about God’s character. Since he is mute he communicates with your family through letters that he leaves each night.

Some of the many characteristics that Melk teaches are; God cares for us, God keeps His promises, God is creative, and many others.

The best part about Melk is that while he is a monkey, he can really come in many forms. Our Melk happens to be a blue monkey that I found on sale. Your monkey can be one of  these monkeys that are available, or you can use a totally different Christmas friend.

How does it all work?

When you purchase the Melk, the Christmas Monkey e-book, you get a full color 90 page e-book. Inside the book there are 30 different lessons. Each lesson will have a characteristic of God that you will focus on. There are 5 different sections for each lesson.
  1. Melk – This section tells you how to position Melk. He may be under the tree, cutting snowflakes, taking a picture, or numerous other activities.
  2. Activity– This section tells what activity you will do for the day. Some of the activities are; going caroling, making cookies, doing various crafts, and reading books.
  3. Materials – This section gives a list of any materials you may need, including printouts and craft supplies.
  4. Lesson– This is where the main characteristic you are learning about is listed.
  5. Scripture – Any scripture verses that go with the lesson you are learning. 
To go with each lesson, there is a letter from Melk. You print the letter and place Melk and any needed materials somewhere for your child to find in the morning. 
*You have to purchase Melk separately, he is NOT included with the e-book.*  
Here is an example of Melk’s letter for the 26th lesson. The characteristic is God is Musical.
In the morning you or your child reads the letter, does the activity, reads the scripture, and gains a better understanding of how great God is.
There are 30 lessons, but you can do them in pretty much any order. In a few of Melk’s letters he mentions things that you did or learned about in a previous lesson, but overall you can pick the best order for your family. 
Included in the book there is a link to a website where you will find free journaling pages, calendars, tracts, and more. The website brings Melk to a new level.

How will this fit in with Elf on the Shelf, and other Christmas Traditions?

I love our Elf on the Shelf, and he will be coming again this year. Melk can be a replacement for Elf on the Shelf if that is what you want. Or you can use the lessons included in the Melk, The Christmas Monkey e-book and use your elf do the lessons. You could also incorporate both into your Christmas holiday using the best parts of both characters.
In our home Melk will be coming some days and the elf will be bringing gifts and activities some days. The Elf will move each night and report to Santa while Melk will stay where he was seen last until he comes with a new lesson. I think that both provide an element of fun. They can work together and bring years of Christmas memories.

What did we think of Melk?

Since we reviewed Melk in October, there were a few obstacles. Even though Christmas decorations are out in every store I wasn’t able to find any candy canes. We obviously don’t have a Christmas tree up, and going Christmas caroling is out of the question. After looking through the activities and figuring out what we could do that was not too Christmasy, I got ready and set Melk up for AJ to find the next morning in our classroom. This is what she saw.
To say she was surprised would be an understatement. She was a little confused as to why a Christmas Monkey would visit in October, but I explained we were testing him out to see if other families should get their own Melk. Then she was excited. (She says EVERYONE needs a Melk)
Melk came about 5 times through the month. One day she found him cutting snowflakes. In that lesson she learned that God is creative. 
Overall we love Melk. He is going to to be a great addition to our Christmas traditions. With Melk you get to keep the fun holiday traditions that you are already use to, and learn more about God at the same time. 
Melk will be leaving our family on Halloween and will reappear along with his new friend Elfie the day after Thanksgiving. 
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to review, Melk, The Christmas Monkey. With this e-book I will be able to tie in the fun crafts and activities that we already do with a wonderful lesson that will teach my little one more about God. The crafts and activities are meaningful. We may not do them all, but I know that the ones we do will be fun and exciting.

Where can you get a copy of Melk, The Christmas Monkey?

You can purchase your copy of Melk, the Christmas Monkey for just $11.97.
If you are looking for a fun new tradition, Melk may be what you are looking for. Keep Christ in Christmas while still enjoying all of the fun of the holiday season!

Family Toolbox Review

AJ and I were recently given the opportunity to review a new program for families with kids ages 10 to 18 called Family Toolbox. The Family Toolbox was created by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN from the National Center for Biblical Parenting. It is meant for kids and parents to work together and learn 16 life principles.

What is the Family Toolbox exactly?

It is a video based program that includes 8 different videos that are each 2 to 3 minutes long. The videos show a realistic real life situation between parents and teens. To go along with the videos there is a workbook designed for both the teens and the parents to complete. In each video two different life success principles are addressed. Some of the life success principles include; avoiding arguing, developing internal motivation, accepting no as an answer, viewing the family as a team, and so many other useful skills. The workbook includes thought provoking questions about the video along with Bible verses that go along with the topics being discussed. There is also a second set of videos that are each about 10 minutes long. They are designed to be watched by the parents. These videos go along with the short videos and include great parenting advice and practical solutions. 

How long is each lesson?  

Each lesson lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. The lessons are divided into four steps. The first step is the introduction where a little bit of background information is provided to set up the scene for the video that you are about to watch. Step two is to watch the video.The third step is the discussion. During the discussion there are questions the teens are to answer in the workbook about what they watched on the video. This is where the life success principles are addressed and the teen is asked thought provoking questions about each principal. After each success principle there is a Bible section. In this section there is a Bible verse along with an explanation as to how it applies to the success principal. The final step is conclusion and prayer. In this step the teen is asked how they can apply the principles to their own life, and then they pray with their parents. There are a total of 8 lessons in the program. Find out more about what is covered in each of the lessons here.

What did we think?

After reading through the workbook and watching some of the videos I was surprised. I usually stay away from parenting books and anything that tries to tell me how to raise my little one, but the video here made me want to try the program out. I wasn’t sure what to expect…. but I was pleasantly surprised. The videos weren’t preachy. Watching the videos actually made me feel like a friend was sitting down giving me a little bit of practical advice. 

I really enjoyed the short video clips. The scenes were believable and unfortunately I saw myself in a few of the parents in the clips. While not necessarily doing something wrong, they were not making the best decisions in some of the situations. I liked the fact that the blame for the difficult situation in the video was never put on just the parent or the child. In the discussion section we were asked questions about the behavior of both the kids and the adults in the videos. 

Both AJ and I appreciated how short and too the point the lessons were. While the workbook is designed to be written in, we decided to just discuss the questions. She hates to write so I figured that the lessons would work better if we just completed them verbally.
Overall I feel that this is a solid program that can help teach great family values. While it is too soon to tell how the program is going to turn out, I think it offers a lot of great advice. I have already learned quite a few tips that both AJ and myself can use to make the coming up teen years a little smoother. 
The only thing that I disliked about the program was the price. For a downloadable copy of the program it is $79.95 and for a physical copy it is $99.95. While it is a great product I personally could not justify that price. However I am a cheapskate. If you were to go to parenting classes or workshops you would more than likely spend way more, so if you and your teens are butting heads, this may be the perfect program for you.

Family Toolbox Giveaway

AJ and I have just started to use a new program, The Family Toolbox, and I think it will be a huge blessing to our family. A little less attitude would definitely be appreciated around here so I am hopeful that this program will help. Watch for my review of this new program in a few weeks, but  In the mean time take an opportunity and enter this great giveaway! It is full of outstanding tools to help bring your kids up right. This program is not restricted to homeschoolers, if you have preteens or teens it may help your family.
    The Family Toolbox is a DVD/video-driven program that brings parents and teens together for constructive dialogue around significant issues of discipleship. Conversation is sparked by engaging video clips. Sixteen Life Success Principles are communicated through eight lessons that give parents and teens biblically-based, practical topics for discussion. The format grabs teens and gets them interacting. The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away. Family Toolbox Giveaway I am excited to be joining with the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP) to bring you a wonderful giveaway to celebrate the release of the Family Toolbox.  The giveaway includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card + a bundle of biblical parenting resources from NCBP, including: 

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.  The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. 

Cultivating Responsibility: Parenting Wisdom for Ages 9-12 Years

The later elementary age years are among the greatest times to build responsibility in children. Heart transformation takes place when parents use other tools than behavior modification. Sometimes though, bad attitudes, disrespect, and a lack of cooperation can muddy the waters. You’ll want to learn from the experts how best to navigate these years. Your children are making significant developmental leaps in their cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Understanding how best to help children through these years is essential.

Family Heart Moments

The Family Heart Moments book is a treasure. Over 70 inspirational true stories from parents who are eager to connect with their children’s hearts. The heart is a special place in the life of a child. You don’t want to miss it. This book will give you practical ideas for touching your kids in the deepest place.

Family Time Activity for Teens

Teenagers are in an exciting time of life. They’re learning a lot about themselves and the world, and they need lots of spiritual guidance. The activities and applications in this book are designed specifically for teens. The object lessons and games are captivating and the biblical lessons are timeless. Walking Billboards, Fear Factor, and Gender Differences, are just a few of the titles. Nineteen lessons are included, all unique and powerful. Make Family Time a regular part of your family’s spiritual growth. 

Learning About Sex: Love, Sex, and God

In a natural, conversational style, this book answers tough questions that help teens separate sex and love facts from myths. Straight facts on dating, marriage, sex, and sexually transmitted diseases are presented here.

Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids

It affects the way people think, the way they act, and the way they treat others around them. Honor motivates parents to treat children differently. It gives children more constructive ways to interact with their parents. It helps siblings develop tolerance and patience. Honor builds incredibly strong bonds that, in turn, benefit all members of the family. This book shows you in practical ways and shows how honor can transform your family. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open internationally to those age 18 and older. a Rafflecopter giveaway   Also, please join us for The Family Toolbox Facebook Party on Thursday, October 16, 8-10PM ET where there will be even more great prizes, an opportunity to ask your parenting questions, and lots of fun and fellowship! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the Facebook party! RSVP for the Party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/876232019055940/ Family Toolbox Facebook Party

VeggieTales Celery Night Fever – Review

Since 1993 VeggieTales has been helping children discover that God made them special and that He loves them very much. I remember singing some of the songs from VeggieTales at Missionettes Camp, they were silly, fun, and had a good message. To this day if I hear the name VeggieTales I automatically think of the song, “Oh, Where is My Hairbrush?” When I heard that VeggieTales was coming out with a new video, I was so excited to watch it with AJ. If you haven’t heard of VeggieTales head over to their website to learn more about them.

Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever was just released. Here is a little about the video.

Veggie pals Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus have a big job to do…save their beloved Celery Park from being destroyed! Laura and Junior plan a fundraising concert with the formerly famous Groovy Brothers, but the bandmates refuse to play together because of an old grudge. All  hope of saving the park seems lost until the group remembers that God forgives without question, so why can’t they do the same? Will the band reunite to save Celery Park? Find out in this fun, music-filled VeggieTales adventure.

 The video is all about forgiveness and friendship. It is full of memorable VeggieTales characters like Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, and even features the voice talents of Terry Crews as the new antagonist, Bruce Onion. Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever lives up to the fun filled stories you have come to expect from VeggieTales. The message of forgiveness is brilliantly woven throughout the video accompanied by silly songs, and real life applications.

The DVD also has a few great bonus features. AJ’s favorite were the 2 singalongs. This DVD comes with the new silly song, “Perfect Puppy.”

While geared more for the younger crowd, my 11 year old loved the video and is already planning to watch it again tomorrow. If you are looking for an easy way to teach forgivness in your home, this new VeggieTales video may be the answer for you. Would you like to win a copy of Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever? Enter the Rafflecopter below. 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Even though there are so many channels available on television, my family still sticks to about 10 good family friendly channels. One of our go to channels is the Hallmark channel. It seems like we really enjoy most of the shows on that channel including a new show, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Signed, Sealed, Delivered was created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An AngelTouched By An Angel has been a favorite of mine since I was younger and I love to watch it and hare the heart touching series with my little girl today.

I was given the opportunity to preview the May 25th episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

About the show:

The new original series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group’s leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people’s lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.
The show aires SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark. This incredible series even incorporates scripture in its themes and in the conversations between characters.  In FACT, The American Bible Society has built a Bible study to go with the series.
What did I think?
I thought the show was great. In fact I plan on making time to watch the few episodes that I missed. I think it is a family friendly show that I can watch with my 11 year old and not have to worry about what a character may say or do. I was able to relate to the characters and saw a gimps of what television use to be like. I look forward to watching more episodes, and while it is hard to say if I will enjoy a show after watching only a few episodes, if the rest of the episodes are as good as the few I have seen, then Signed, Sealed, Delivered will be a new Sunday tradition at our house. 
I think the Bible Study is wonderful. After watching a great show, you then have the opportunity to dig deeper into the lessons and morals displayed on the show. You can sign up for the FREE Bible study here. It is only available for a week after the original air date, so don’t miss out!  
Find out more about the show by visiting the following:
Facebook of the Creator  Martha Williamson.
Watch a preview on YouTube
I hope your family has the opportunity to check out this new show. 

The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

I grew up reading The Berenstain Bears books and have passed the tradition down to my little girl. When I found out they had a new book, The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, by Mike Berenstain I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review it. *I was given a free copy of the book from Zondervan in exchange for this review.*

Brother and Sister Bear’s friend Ferdy Factual loves science. Brother and Sister like science too. But when Ferdy tells Brother and Sister he doesn’t believe God created the world, the bear cubs don’t know what to think. What does it really mean to have “faith” in something you can’t see?

Through the book the bear cubs learn about faith and learn a little about the Bible too. The book is a full color soft cover book geared for kids ages 4 to 8. The story leaves the child with enough information to think about what faith means to them, but refrains from coming of in a preachy tone.

What did we think?

I personally feel a good book shouldn’t have an age limit. Even though AJ is 10 she really enjoyed The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith. The illustrations are fun, life like, and really add to the story. Mike Berenstain  has kept the same fun inquisitive characters that his parents wrote about for many years. The story was cute and too the point ending in the realization that faith is, “trusting in his (God’s) love.” Aside from a few oddly written sentences, I feel the book is perfect. It helps to explain a hard to understand subject in a kid friendly way. Anyone who enjoys reading other books in the Berenstain Bears series will not be disappointed in this new title.

You can purchase the book here for only $3.99.

Why I Give An Activity Book – Review & Giveaway

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G is for Giving!

I recently was able to review a book and activity book written by Corine Hyman, Ph.D. The book is, Why We Give  Gifts at Christmas Time.

From the back of the book:

“Why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday? This is a question that everyone has wondered at least once in their life. However, few have been able to come up with an answer. Join Evelyn and her friends as they discover the reason why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ birthday.”

About the book:

It is a hard covered 16 page picture book that is full of color. The images in the book are child like and fun. It is geared for children ages 3 to 8 and gives a great message. The book has you follow Evelyn as she asks all of her friends why they give gifts at Christmas time. Each of her friends gives a reason that is then backed up by a Bible verse. The verses are written in either NIV or NCV versions.

What did I think?

I really liked the idea of the book and feel that it gives a great message. It is very well made and the illustrations are kid friendly. AJ liked the fact that she was able to read it by herself and that there were so many pictures. The story is cute, but I would stick to the recommended ages because AJ found it a bit boring. I am also a cheapskate so I found the recommended price to be a little too high for the book. Then again I couldn’t justify spending $16.95 on any book.

It is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. You can also get the hardcover book here. Prices on Amazon change, but at the time of this post the ebook was $4.99 and the hardcover book was $10.86.

There is an activity book that can stand alone or go with the book. It is called, Why I Give an Activity Book. The activity book is designed to help cultivate a heart of giving all of the time, not just at Christmas.

About the Activity Book:

It is a 64 page downloadable ebook that contains coloring pages, journal pages, puzzles, and gift ideas that kids can either make or help make. The coloring pages are based off of the characters from the book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time. On the bottom of each coloring page there is a Bible verse related to giving. There are a variety of different puzzle pages including, mazes, filling in the blank pages, word searches and more.

What did I think?

I really liked the activity book. I liked that there were such a variety of different puzzles. AJ found them fun and challenging enough to keep her interest. The gift ideas were great. So many times kids want to give but don’t have the money to buy a gift, in this activity book it gives them ideas that they can use. We made a soap ball and it turned out great! When you buy this activity book you are getting way more than a coloring book!

There are even printable memory verse cards that you can use to play memory or go-fish. I really like the fact that you can just print off a page for your child to do and that you don’t have to print out the ones that your child isn’t in to. AJ isn’t that into coloring, but she loves puzzles. I feel there is something for everyone in this book.

Both the book and the activity book are available at Corine’s website.

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