Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DVD Review: Find A Way

Inspired by a true story, Find A Way is a film about a beautiful faith legacy left by Harry Cohen (aka "Smiley"). Smiley was a high school star football player who loved God and people. He's always ready to help and encourage others. His untimely death shakes his adopted parents, friends, and community. It makes them reevaluate their own lives and priorities. Casey's parents (Dai and Pam) are constantly fighting and struggling to keep their marriage going. Casey's boyfriend just broke up with her and her sister prefers shopping at the mall to spending time with her. Nick's father who is the high school football coach pushes him to practice football even though Nick's passion is in music. Alex Jordan, the high school's Christian counselor/psychologist, reaches out to students and staff during this difficult time with messages of hope and perseverance amidst hardships and sufferings. Smiley's life may be short but He definitely made a lasting impact on the lives of many within his short years on earth. His compassion and wisdom are remembered and talked about. His strong faith in God inspires others to see that God always provides a way/solution even when there seems to be none. Hope you'll check out this faith-filled, thought-provoking DVD!

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 31, 2015

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart: Heart of the Family

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's book series and produced by Michael Landon, Jr. This DVD is the third DVD of Season 2. Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) is back in Hope Valley and is thankful for the new school/church building. Humor ensues when Elizabeth volunteers to help a farmer take care of his two children and farm while he is gone. Jack (Daniel Lissing) comes to lend her a hand. Clara works at Abigail's cafe but her real talent lies in sewing. Luke McCoy shows interest in Clara but Clara is reluctant to respond. Henry Gowen, the new mayor of Hope Valley, tries to make things difficult for Lee Coulter who is planning to construct a railroad. Charles Kensington shows up unexpectedly in Hope Valley. Bill Avery is supposedly after a counterfeiting ring but it's hard to tell what he is really up to. Suspicion. Manipulation. Romance. Can't wait to see the next DVD! My 22 year old daughter and I have enjoyed watching this family-friendly & entertaining series together. Hope you'll check it out!

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book Review: Parenting Is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. It's hard work and it's heart work. Some parents are so concerned about how their children behave that they forget to pay attention to what is really going on in their children's hearts. Parenting Is Heart Work is an exceptional parenting book that helps parents see how a heart-based approach works and makes a lasting impact on children's lives. Real change must take place in the heart. Based on Biblical principles, Parenting Is Heart Work gives parents practical ideas to effectively reach, guide, and shape their children's hearts. The book is divided into 4 parts: Understanding the Heart, Connecting with Your Child's Heart, Working Out Heart Change, and Touching Your Child's Heart. At the end of the book, you will find Reader's Guide which includes questions for discussion corresponding to each chapter. Each chapter ends with a prayer. The book covers three main parenting tools: emotional connection, instruction, and correction using Biblical lessons, real-life examples, and valuable strategies. I highly recommend this encouraging & insightful book to all parents. In my opinion, it is one of the very best parenting resources available.

"Commitments provide purpose, meaning, and direction. Without these, the heart lives in continual turmoil, tossed around by fear, anger, or anxiety. Often, a continual problem with negative emotions indicates the need for some major heart work." (p. 29)

"The will is a good thing when it is directed by a wise heart, but a foolish heart creates a lot of pain for both the child and the parents." (p. 57)

"The heart makes commitments, the will makes choices, and behavior is where it all comes out. The heart work, or lack of it, is revealed in behavior, what you see every day in your children's lives." (p. 61)

"Be careful not to teach your children to clean up their behavior only to cover a decaying heart." (p. 63)

"Through the everyday work of child training, parents help children learn that responsibility requires that we do things we don't feel like doing. Those who make decisions based only on how they feel often end up making poor choices." (p. 79)

"A heart that feels loved and secure is better prepared to deal with these difficult aspects of life, but if a reservoir of unaddressed emotion keeps getting in the way, the decision-making process is clouded, and children have a hard time making wise choices." (p. 87)

"Firmness is important with children, but harshness hinders closeness." (p. 105)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Get Access to Every ‘Adventures in Odyssey’ Episode Ever!

It's August, which means it's nearly time for your kids to pack up their pencils, zip up their backpacks, and hop on the school bus. Aside from prepping them for their new teachers, new classes, or maybe even a new school, it's important to prep their faith. Sign your whole family up for Adventures in Odyssey's Odyssey Adventure Club for a special price of $9.99/month. The club is an essential tool to teach your children to share their faith at school, to be bold, and to grow in their relationship with God.


Join during the month of August for $9.99/month, and you'll receive these benefits for being a member:
  • Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey library (800 episodes) retail value over $1,500 USD
  • New monthly exclusive episodes
  • Monthly Web Quests
  • Monthly Clubhouse magazine subscription (U.S. Residents Only)
  • Daily devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
  • OAC monthly member newsletter
  • OAC exclusive video stories
  • Animated Odyssey videos, Last Chance Detectives, and more!
Spend the last few weeks of summer vacation with your kids listening to Adventures in Odyssey episodes and build their faith!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

DVD Review: Uncommon

Uncommon is a Christian film about using our voice to express what we believe in and defend our liberty to do so. Due to budget cuts, Rosewood High School closes down their theater and choir programs. A group of drama students (led by Haley) are determined to create a play on their own. They ask Mark Garcia (played by Erik Estrada), the school's maintenance supervisor, to help them. They have trouble coming up with a script. Aaron Chase (played by Ben Davies) suggests the Bible and is given the task of writing the script. Challenges and oppositions arise. Legal counsel is sought. Public schools are truly a spiritual battleground. Christians are called to be set apart for God's use...to be uncommon. To live by faith. To rely on God. Will faith and freedom of speech and religion be able to stand in public schools? Check out this inspiring, informative, faith-based film (released nationally on DVD on Aug. 4th)! 

Some interesting facts about the movie (found on the website, http://uncommonfilm.com/) :
- The film was created by Liberty Counsel; Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
The film used a total of 334 volunteers and was shot over a period of 30 days, and five months of post-production.

- The film Uncommon has been made into an actual theatrical production available for FREE to students to perform in their church, school or community center.  Erik Estrada has agreed to be in attendance for the first 10 scheduled performances. 

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Divine Walls

Divine Walls is a Christian company that makes beautiful vinyl wall art (with inspirational sayings and Scriptures) for the home, office, or church. It is located in Scappoose, Oregon. There are over 600 unique designs available online from their website. Custom designs are also an option. When I was given an opportunity to review their product, it was hard for me to narrow down my choices because I love so many of them :). However, I realized that my house does not have many empty walls left so I could not choose long Bible verses or words. I'm very pleased with what I received. "Christ is the Center of our Home" is what I chose because it is the theme of our family. We love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we surrender all to His Lordship, and we desire to honor Him in all we do. We decided to put the decal in the center of our home above our french door that separates our living room and family room. I believe the best way to decorate my home is to fill it with God's Word and inspirational words that draw people to Christ, encourage our faith, and uplift our spirit. The decal was really easy to apply to the wall. The installation guide included was clear and simple to follow. It took less than 5 minutes for my husband to put the decal up. I highly recommend Divine Walls. Please visit here to check out their wonderful designs. You can choose color and size that fit your home. They also offer churches wholesale discounts of 10%-25% based on the amount spent. 
You can also find Divine Walls at:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/Divine-Walls/192624227587488
Twitter: https://twitter.com/divinewalls

~ Thanks to CWA Review Crew and Divine Walls for this free decal in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart: Heart and Soul

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's book series. This DVD is the second DVD of Season 2. Coal Valley is now changed to Hope Valley since the coal mine is shut down. Jack returns to Hope Valley while Elizabeth remains in Hamilton. She spends a lot of time with her childhood friend, Charles Kensington. She is torn between her comfortable living in Hamilton and her new life in Hope Valley. Rosemary Leveaux is offered a role in a play in San Francisco and leaves Hope Valley with two "producers". Abigail Stanton leaves Hope Valley for Hamilton because she is worried about Clara, her daughter-in-law. Bill Avery helps Abigail find Clara. There are several twists and turns in this DVD. Deception. Manipulation. Temptation. Oppression. Decision. Secrets. Rescue. Wedding. New mayor. New pastor. My daughter and I have enjoyed watching this family-friendly series. It's not preachy but it still shows the power of love, the power of prayer, and Biblical values.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.