Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: The Eleventh Season 1 Episode 1

I'm excited to tell you about a new Feeln's original series called, "The Eleventh" (TV-PG). I was given an opportunity to watch the first episode. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see the next episode :)!

The Eleventh is about a teenage girl's journey to reconnect with her estranged grandmother. Janine (Ren Harris) delivers an envelope to Margaret (Cloris Leachman), her maternal grandma whom she thinks she has never met, upon her mother's request before she died. Margaret did not have a good relationship with her daughter, Dana (Janine's mom) and son-in-law, Neil (Christopher Atkins). How Margaret treated her daughter is similar to how my mom treated me so I can relate to the story very well. Against her father's wishes, Janine is determined to spend time with Margaret. Wonderful performance from the cast! I am hooked after the first episode. The series covers themes of family, forgiveness, love, healing, relationship, and more. It also stars Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing With The Stars), and Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up).

I'd like to invite you to check this family-friendly series out. To watch full episodes of ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln, go to:  http://www.feeln.com/films/the_eleventh_s1e01?couid=GHMNorganic_052616_the11th_ .

About Feeln:
 Feeln is the leading streaming service that brings you heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, anytime, anywhere. All movies are handpicked so you spend less time searching and more time with the stories you love. Feeln brings home the exclusive library of Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series, and award-winning originals you won’t find anywhere else.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: Mother & Son: The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs

Mothers love their sons. But mothers need to respect their sons, too, whether they deserve it or not. Often moms have difficulty relating to their sons, especially as they get older. This book comes to the rescue! Mother & Son shows moms why respect is so important to sons, what respect looks like and sounds like, what God expects of a mother, how to apply respect-talk, what boys and men innately desire, and more. At the end of the book, you'll find Appendix A: A Quick Start For Those Who Feel Pressed for Time, Appendix B: A Checklist (Apply G.U.I.D.E.S. to His Six Desires: C.H.A.I.R.S.), Appendix C: Daughters, Adult Women, and Mommy Issues, Appendix D: Tell Us Your Story, Appendix E: Emerson's 21 Days of Inspiration in Applying the Respect Message, and a bonus chapter, "The Real Reason to Parent God's Way" from Love & Respect in the Family.

I'm thankful for this book since I myself have two sons (17 & 14 years old). I find Mother & Son very helpful, insightful, and practical. It helps moms understand their sons better and know how to connect with them in more effective & meaningful ways. As several researches reveal and confirm, males do filter their world more through the respect grid than the love grid. No matter how old your son is, this book will be beneficial and relationship-boosting for you. The author offers suggestions for both younger boys and older boys. The respect effect motivates and energizes boys/men. On the other hand, the disrespect is disastrous. I've learned a lot about respect-talk from this book and written down in my notebook what I want to practice saying to my sons. I love this book and highly recommend it to all moms who have a son/sons!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

DVD Review: Awakened

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6;12)

is a faith-based thriller. Jacob Harker (Rob Boltin) loses his job as a newspaper reporter. He and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards) moves into a rental house owned by Webster Kane (Michael Monks). While cleaning the basement, Jacob found an old audio recording of 60's singer named Carol James (Hannah Hughes). He is captivated by Carol's voice and becomes obsessed with solving a mystery concerning her death that took place in 1965. His curiosity and investigative habits lead him to question Carol's sister, Evelyn and Carol's lover, Webster. Meanwhile, an evil spirit distorts Jacob's mind, frightens Haley in their home, and wreaks havoc on their marriage. Awakened is a rare genre among Christian films. They did a great job at showing that spiritual warfare is real. Ultimately, God always wins because "greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world". (1 John 4:4). Never mess around with an evil spirit. Satan is the father of lies and deception. It's vital that we must familiarize ourselves with truth (God's Word) so that we can detect any lies from the Enemy immediately. Check out this interesting film about faith, spiritual forces, God's power, mercy, and forgiveness. Great performance by the cast. Not recommended for young children. 

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

DVD Review: Chasing Grace

Chasing Grace (DVD)

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." (Lewis B. Smedes)

Chasing Grace is a wonderful DVD about the power of grace and forgiveness. A pastor's happy family is shattered by a tragic accident that takes their youngest member's life. Pastor Jonathan Mattheson struggles with unforgiving heart, guilt, shame, and desire for vengeance. To deal with his loss, he finds it easier to put all his energy into being mad at and getting even with his brother whom he blames for his daughter's death. But it only makes matters worse. I think most people (if not all) can relate to issues of blaming, addiction, secrets, difficulty to forgive others and selves, and family relationships played out in this movie. The cast did a good job. The message is important. Nobody is beyond God's grace! May we give grace to others and forgive others as Jesus has done for us! Hope you'll check out Chasing Grace!

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

DVD Review: Living Hope

Living Hope is a feature length documentary about John Thomas, Joey Lankford & family, and Leonie Rustin, who have served the poor and shared Christ's love in South Africa, where problems of poverty, malnutrition, HIV infection, drug & alcohol abuse, and prostitution abound. The average life expectancy there is less than 50 years.

John Thomas is the founder of Living Hope, a Christian organization that seeks "to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease." (taken from the website) Living Hope encompasses 4 ministries: Living Care (helps patients and their families through a health care center and home-based care), Living Grace (helps the poor, the homeless, and substance abusers through free rehabilitation, homeless ministry, and food share program), Living Right (helps prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV through support groups, testing & counseling, and life skills education), and Living Way (helps equip the poor and the unemployed through job center, Way to Work program, and agriculture & business training).

Joey Lankford, a successful businessman from Tennessee, was unhappy with the direction he was heading so he decided to surrender all to God and seek His will & purpose for his life. He and his family moved to South Africa. Joey helps equip people with sustainable tunnel (greenhouse) farming to provide for their own families and operate it as a business.

Leonie Rustin, a single mom and recovering drug addict, found Living Grace, surrendered her life to Christ, and now is active in sharing her story & helping others in her community to find freedom from drug addiction.

Living Hope, narrated by Joel Smallbone of For King & Country, is a powerful & inspiring documentary film that will make you think of your life's purpose and how you can be artisans of hope in this dark world. It also features Michael W. Smith and Dana Perino (former White House Press Secretary and FOX News host). I love the fact that Living Hope is gospel-centered and through Living Hope's ministries many lives have been transformed. You will hear touching stories of a few people who have been helped by Living Hope. We, Christians, are to be the solution through our daily kingdom-living and Christ-representing. I highly recommend this excellent documentary!

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DVD Review:When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts

When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's novel and produced by Michael Landon, Jr. Troubled Hearts is Season 3's second DVD. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) moves into her own row house while Jack (Daniel Lissing) is planning to build a home for Elizabeth and himself. Rosemary keeps herself busy helping Lee at the mill, redecorating his office and reorganizing his budget. She gets worried when she finds out that Lee has taken out a loan. Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) helps out Dottie, a recent widow, when she faces an insurance scam. Pastor Frank Hogan's past becomes unraveled. Will Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and Hope Valley stand by him? Watch and find out! I have really enjoyed this series because it upholds family values and promotes prayer & Biblical truths such as love, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, and grace. Troubled Hearts also covers second chance, misunderstanding, importance of communication, romance, and more. It's fun to watch different dynamics among characters. Lee and Rosemary is my favorite couple right now :). This DVD includes exclusive behind the scenes interviews and the scoop on the Hearties (devoted fans of the When Calls the Heart series). If you're looking for a show that your whole family can enjoy together, check When Calls the Heart 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.