Monday, September 29, 2014

The Family Toolbox Giveaway

I am a member of the Family Toolbox Blogger Team. I'm looking forward to using the Family Toolbox with my family. We have two teen sons left at home. I will be posting my review afterwards. Biblical parenting is so important for us Christians. Consider this quote by John Bunyan: "Your children have souls, and they must be born of God as well of you, or they perish. And know also, that unless you be very circumspect in your behavior to and before them, they may perish through you: the thoughts of which should provoke you, both to instruct, and also to correct them."

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: Family Toolbox Facebook Party

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Review: Child's Play by Bill Myers

About the Author:
Bill Myers is a writer/producer whose work has won over 70 national and international awards including a C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies and include, McGee and Me, My Life As..., Blood of Heaven, The Face of God, The God Hater, and Eli. When he’s not overseeing his production company, Amaris Media International, he loves speaking at schools and chatting with reader groups live by phone or the internet.

My Review:
My kids enjoy reading Bill Myers' children books. This is the first book of Bill Myers I've ever read. It's written for adults. I enjoyed it. I laughed. I smiled. I pondered. Child's Play is the first book in The Last Fool Series. It's a funny book with a profound message. Each chapter is written with different characters' point of view. These characters are patients in Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility and the story takes place fifty years in the future when religion has been banned. Anyone who is religious or expresses faith in any religion is considered mentally ill and needs to be locked up. The different characters are quite interesting. Bernard talks to inanimate objects. Darcy steals pills and sells them. Joey is afraid of earth tilting. Nelson quotes everything. Ralphy thinks he's a superhero. Max has amnesia and experiences God. He wants others to know that they are loved by God and that God forgives all their mistakes/wrongdoings/bad thoughts. Dr. Aadil is the doctor/psychiatrist who takes care of these patients. Alex is Max's daughter and is a fashion designer. Saffron is a homeless mom with a 13-year-old daughter. A mayhem ensues.

Child's Play is an easy & enjoyable read and it plainly shares about God's love and childlike faith.  However, an assumption/presentation that everyone is a child of God is not theologically correct. All of us are God's creation but not all of us are His children. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are adopted into God's family as children of God. The rest are considered enemies of God (Romans 5:10). I understand that the author intends to reach out to non-believers with the message of God's love. God does love all of us sinners before we ever come to Him. I applaud the author's attempt to share the Gospel through his writing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

~I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 8, 2014

DVD Review and Giveaway: Hero

Hero is a movie about the importance of fathers and the impact that fathers have on their sons who do look up to them. Joe Finn, a baseball coach, returns home after being away for 7 years in pursuit of his career as a scout for the big leagues, hoping to get rich. He only gets to spend 2 weeks with his wife, Hannah, who has cancer before she dies. He is left with his son, David, who holds a grudge against him. One thing they share is their love for baseball. Joe hopes to mend his relationship with David by offering to coach David's dying, non-competitive little league team, the Gappers. Joe decides to form a new baseball league that practices diligently, plays competitively, and aims to reconnect fathers and sons in the community.

I cried during the movie. My father was absent from most of my life. I forgave him and had a chance to be at his death bed (even though he was unresponsive). It really touched me to see dads wanting to be there for their sons. A father can make a huge difference in his child's life. I'm so thankful that my husband is very involved with our two sons (and daughter). In the film, a prisoner cares enough to do everything he can to teach his son baseball even behind the prison's fence. Great cast! Check out this heart-warming, inspiring movie about the values of fatherhood, sports, forgiveness, restoration, and transformation! It will come to DVD on September 16th.

"And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." Malachi 4:6 KJV

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