Monday, October 19, 2015

Book Review: Purposeful Parenting by Jean S. Barnes

I think every parent agrees that parenting is hard work. We parents must be vigilant and intentional in parenting and training our child(ren). Based on Biblical principles and psychology, Purposeful Parenting presents six crucial ingredients for bringing out the best in our children: unconditional love, discipline, purpose & passion, character, responsibility, and perseverance. The book is packed with helpful advice, doable ideas, practical tools, and insightful tips. Each chapter includes "A Step Toward..." (concise tips for parents to put into practice) and "My Purposeful Parent Check-In" (a checklist to help parents examine how they are doing with their purposeful parenting). The author concludes the book with Parenting Takes a Team and My Prayer for Purpose. At the end of the book, you'll also find Your Skills and Abilities Checklist. I enjoyed reading this encouraging book and learning quite a bit from it. It's the kind of book that you would want to underline and reread because there's so much great information in it. The author shows parents how to change the challenges into opportunities to guide and train their children. I highly recommend this fantastic parenting book to every parent, stepparent, and grandparent. I'm definitely keeping this book for my kids to read when they become parents :).

"They need that just-right discipline; without it, no wonder researchers find children grow up with less (and sometimes lacking) impulse control, self-reliance, social responsibility, and independence." (p. 89)

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

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart: Follow Your Heart

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's novel and produced by Michael Landon, Jr. This DVD is the fifth/final DVD of Season 2. Jack (Daniel Lissing) and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) have not seen eye to eye since they parted in Hamilton. When Jack confronts a counterfeiter in a fight, Elizabeth must confront her own feelings towards Jack. Mayor (Henry Gowen) demands Abigail (Lori Loughlin) to make repairs on her cafe in a short period of time; otherwise, it will be shut down. Pastor Frank Hogan volunteers to help Abigail and Elizabeth with the required repairs to meet the deadline. Meanwhile, Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) returns to Hope Valley hoping to find out where the rest of the counterfeit money is hidden even though the case is closed. His wife, Nora, follows and accuses Abigail for stealing her husband. Rosemary regrets her decline to Lee's previous attempt at courtship and realizes that she made a mistake when he starts courting Molly Sullivan. As Jack and Elizabeth search for Rip (Jack's dog) during an intense storm, they take shelter in an old mineshaft and have time alone to talk things out. When their relationship begins to blossom once again, Charles shows up unexpectedly. In Hamilton, Julie expresses her discontent with her situation and her desire for freedom to live her own life. The ending will leave you long for Season 3 :). I really enjoyed this DVD; I think it's my favorite one from Season 2. I like seeing the chemistry between Rosemary and Lee. And I am curious to know more about Pastor Frank's secret past. The DVD also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews. 

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: God Made All of Me by Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney

The statistics about victims of sexual assault are disheartening. We live in a dark & dangerous world. We parents must teach our kids how to protect their bodies. God Made All of Me is a well-written, colorfully illustrated book that parents can use to talk with their two to eight-year-old children about bodies. It helps children understand that God made all their body parts and they are all good and that God loves them and cares about their safety. The book covers several important topics such as the private parts, the difference between appropriate touch and inappropriate touch, the difference between surprise and secret, saying no whenever they don't want to be touched, asking for help from people whom they trust and feel safe with, and more. There's a note to parents or caregivers from the authors at the beginning of the book and there's a section at the end of the book titled, "9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse." I appreciate the healthy guidelines and Biblical perspectives presented in this book. One way to prevent sexual abuse is to educate and empower our children to protect their own bodies and to respect others' bodies. I highly recommend this must-have book to every parent and caregiver of young children. 

About the Authors:
Justin Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of On the Grace of GodKnow the Heretics, and Know the Creeds and Councils, as well as the coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace. He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments).Connect with Justin:website, Facebook, Twitter

Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of Is It My Fault?and Rid of My Disgrace.
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~I received a copy of this book via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To read other reviews, please visit here.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's book series and produced by Michael Landon, Jr. This DVD is the fourth DVD of Season 2. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Jack (Daniel Lissing) decide to go back to Hamilton after hearing that Tom (Jack's brother) and Julie (Elizabeth's sister) were involved in a car accident. Tom ends up in the hospital while Julie is hiding in her bedroom. Elizabeth's family blames Tom's recklessness and irresponsibility. Jack's search for the truth about the accident leads him to develop a friendship with a beautiful & helpful nurse, Faith Carter. Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) parts ways with Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and reconnects with his wife and father-in-law. Lee Coulter and Rosemary team up to combat Henry Gowen's underhanded scheme. Jack tries to help Tom find purpose in life and take a step in the right direction towards a brighter future. Elizabeth's father offers Jack a job in his company. While Elizabeth sees this as a generous offer, Jack sees it as an insult. The relationship between Jack and Elizabeth is being tested once again. Immaturity. Responsibility. Trickery. Identity. Dignity. Truth. Forgiveness. Entangled and confused hearts abound :). Lots of interesting, delightful characters such as Rosemary, Lee, and Faith. I enjoyed watching this DVD and look forward to seeing the next one. If you're looking for a family show that's not only entertaining but also presenting Biblical values (not in a preachy way), check this series out!

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