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The Way Home – A movie review

The Way Home

A movie review

Randy Simpkins (Dean Cain “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) and his family are packing for vacation, when Randy leaves his two-year old son outside playing while he ‘checks his work email real fast’  When he returns Joe is gone.   But where?  As a workaholic, Randy is often busy, and his wife is sick of t, and fully blames Randy for Joe’s disappearance!!

When the Simpkins pastor puts out a prayer chain the entire community pulls together to look for the little boy.   The community unites in prayer, love and searching.

My Thoughts:  Wow, an emotional powerful movie!!  The producers did a fabulous job of showing the gaumant of emotions that the parents would be feeling, and all of the friends/family and how they would also feel.  I also gained more appreciation for the technical trials of searching for someone, and the complications and procedures that would need to be followed.  It had enough details to make it feel accurate (movie based on a true story), but not so much that it was bogged down.

This movie is a clean movie, and safe for the whole family if mom and dad are willing to answer questions.  *note, I always recommend pre-watching all movies, but especially with this one, you want to know if you really want the questions (I won’t personally be letting our little people watch it yet).  The Sheriff and other a few other people talk about the possibilities, ie: ‘two year old body floating face down’ etc.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

The Boy who Changed the World – Andy Andrews

The Boy Who Changed the World

Andy Andrews

Released Aug 31,2010

I first heard this story in Andy Andrew’s book The Noticer (well actually at Women of Faith, so I first read it in The Noticer).  It is a story about a boy who grows up and saves thousands, but was it him who changed the world, or the one who taught him to love learning and who taught him to want to help people.  or maybe it was the person who. . .  well, I don’t want to give the story away, so I’ll just say that the ideas behind this story is that old saying about butterflies and how they can make changes to the weather on the other side of the world.  Your little bit does make a difference.

The drawings are simple, and cute. I love the ‘hidden’ butterflies that are on most of the pages (look for them!!).  The story line is neat, but might need to be explained to children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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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Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Why Does My Child Hate to Write ebook- Carol Barnier – TOS

Why Does My Child Hate to Write
Carol Barnier
an eBook from TOS $1.95

Carol Barnier gives ideas on how to make writing less painful for your active child.  Explaining that active children (with active imaginations) can often get bogged down with the difficulty in producing written words.
I read this guide without knowing how applicable it would be to my family.  We are in our 4th week of school, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, just write it down and you will be done.  I’ve called friends to see if they had ideas, and then I came across this, and thought, well my seven-year old isn’t writing stories yet, so this probably won’t help.  But it can!!  She gives great ideas that I can’t wait to try.  Hopefully tomorrows lessons won’t be so much of a chore!!

Note:  This eBook was provided free from TOS, I was not asked to write a positive or negative review, nor was I compensated for this review, all opinions are my own.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Shades of Blue – Karen Kingsbury

Shades of Blue

Karen Kingsbury

Brad and Emma made a bad decision followed by an even worse one.  Now 10 years later, and only weeks before his marriage, Brad decides he must go back.  Back to Emma and apologize for his part in their decisions.  But will this ruin his relationship with Laura?? Will Brad fall in love with Emma again??  Will Brad and Emma be able to put the past behind them??

This book is  about abortion, and post abortion syndrome.  I am very prolife I think Karen did a wonderful job of showing how easy it would be for a young woman and her partner to feel like they ‘had’ to have an abortion, even with both of their hearts crying NO.  Because it is such an emotional topic (Karen Kingsbury is the author) it was without a doubt a very emotional book.   This book opened my eyes a bit wider to the hurt others have suffered after having had an abortion.

I am going to give away my copy of this book, I know that I won’t be reading it again, but I know that it might be something that someone else needs to read, or you know someone who might need to read it.  Leave a message telling me your favorite Karen Kingsbury book (or that you would like to read this) and your name will be entered to win this book.  (make sure you leave me a way to contact you!!)

*Opps, I forgot to tell you when, I will draw for this on Friday September 10th, and notify the winner on Saturday the 11th.

* NOTE – This book was provided to me by Zondervan free for review purposes.  I was not asked to write a positive or negative review, all opinions are my own.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in Fiction

 

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The Edge of the Divine – Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine

Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine is Sandi Patty’s story.  The story of how she allowed God to change her life.  She was overweight, and stressed out with so much going on in her life.  She was having health problems, and knew that her life must change.  After seeking council from her family and her Dr, Sandi decided to make a life change.  Diet, exercise, forgiveness, and the lap band all played into the changes made in Sandi’s life.

Sandi is very open in her book about her past, and the things going on in her life right now (or when the book was written).  She tells of some sin issues the Lord has helped her with and given her strength to overcome.

The book is all about keeping your eyes open for the times where the Lord is going to make a change in your life (kinda like a threshold to a door way).  Sometimes you can see it before, sometimes after.  About how we are moving and allowing the Lord to work in our lives!

Congratulations Sandi, on your hard work!!  I know that you put a lot of work into your weight loss!!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in NonFiction

 

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The Yada Yada Prayer Group – Neta Jackson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group

Neta Jackson

From the back cover :

What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common?

Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends?

I almost didn’t even go to the Chicago Women’s Conference–after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers wasn’t exactly my “comfort zone.” And being placed in a prayer group of twelve women from such diverse backgrounds seemed completely awkward.

But something happened that weekend to make us realize we had to hang together. The “Yada Yada Prayer Group” was born, and we decided to meet regularly to pray for each other: knocking off each other’s rough edges and learning to laugh and cry along the way! And when I faced the biggest crisis of my life, God used my newfound girlfriends to help teach me–Jodi Baxter, longtime Christian “good girl”–what it means to be just a sinner saved by grace.

My thoughts:

Ok, I have to admit (I didn’t really want to read this book, cough).  Don’t get me wrong, it has a super cute cover, and looked like a lot of fun. . .  but I just could NOT get into it.  I think it took me two weeks to get past the first 3 chapters. . . BUT then in the last day and a half I finished it, and I can’t wait to see if the library has the second book.  I think the part that was the hardest part for me is that there are soo many distinct personalities, and I have a hard time keeping up.  There were a lot of surprises, and it was a lot of fun.  I’m glad I stuck with it. (p.s. I am very conservative, so the way some of the gals worship was a bit much for me, but not wrong in my opinion, just more than I’m used to 😉 )

Note:  The author, publisher, and amazon.com have no clue who I am, and have not asked me to write this review.  I wrote it because a friend loaned it to me 🙂 Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Fiction

 

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Toward the Goal – Jeremy v. Jones

Toward the Goal

                *  The Kaka Story

Jeremy V Jones

Kaka is a young Football (Soccer if you’re from America) player from Brazil.  He loves sports & he loves God.  When he is seriously injured as a young teen,  the doctors were surprised he wasn’t paralysed, and were sure that he would never play sports again.  But God is bigger than injuries, and Kaka went on to play football, in fact playing football very well!!

This book is written for preteens(9-12), with a great message of faith.  It also talks about working hard for your goals.  I like how the book is set up with story and background information.  Without seeming like a ‘school book’ the author adds a few paragraphs at the end of each chapter about different topics (Brazil, history of soccer, world cup records ect), so you learn something new!! It was very fun.  I also like how the author added the first round info for the 2010 World Cup, letting you know that Kaka’s story isn’t finished yet!!  If you have a preteen that likes sports, check out this book!! (I actually checked into it because I have friends who have a preteen, and they are missionaries in Brazil!!, makes me feel a bit closer to them 🙂 ) 

* NOTE – This book was provided to me by Zondervan free for review purposes.  I was not asked to write a positive or negative review, all opinions are my own.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized