Sunday, December 21, 2014

It Will Be Okay Children's Review


About the Book
Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  
Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. 
Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us. (Goodreads)

My Review

This book really surprised me. I think it really speaks to everyone, not just children. The story is about a seed, a fox, and a Farmer. The Farmer is God and she interprets him as one who takes care of us or the seed and fox in the book. I loved the analogy because I live in a big agriculture area where everyone is a farmer. I love how God's love is portrayed through the book to children and how sometimes things are scary and it will not always be perfect, but God is your farmer, He will always take care of you.

Great children's book, I can't wait to share it with all my littles!!

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Provence, 1970


About the Book
Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance. (Goodreads)

My Review

This is a unique book in the fact that it's about multiple people's lives. Luke Barr is the grandnephew to M. F. K Fisher so he had good knowledge on all of these famous culinary folks meeting. The book grabbed me in the first few chapters, but then things got a bit slow. There is a lot of jumping around with the different people and it reads like a biography, which is the category the book is under. I like biographies and I really enjoyed the many parts about Julia Child. There are letters and so many little details that give the reader a glimpse into the lives of these people and Provence. 

I think the book could have been written a little better perhaps with a different organization of the story line? I also wish it wasn't just the author telling me what happened. I want to feel like I'm in Provence with them and this book was not that way.

Four stars.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Reese Witherspoon and the Good Lie DVD Giveaway

I love Reese Witherspoon but more than that I like good quality movies! I had no idea what this movie was about but I thought I would give it a try. Wow!! The Good Lie takes you from Africa to the U.S. in a way I never knew about. Of course I have heard of the civil war in Sudan but this movie makes it more personal, as many of the main actors are actually survivors and refugees from Sudan. 
Witherspoon's character in the movie I think is very to relate with and I was blown away by this story based on fact. 
This is one of the better movies I have seen for awhile but it is rated PG-13 for a reason. There is some language, drug use, drinking, and survival while the Lost Boys walk through Africa. There are some things you really won't want to see during the first part of the movie because it's not comfortable, it's not what we are used to in the comfort of our own homes. They are hungry they are running from soldiers, and they see death. These kids survive crazy awful circumstances in Africa and the film doesn't shy away from what happened. 

I loved this movie and I am so excited to get the word out!
Thanks to Grace Hill Media for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Grace Hill Media has also given me a copy of the movie to give to one of my readers! 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wisdomantics DVD Interactive Board Game Review & Giveaway

About the game:
For 2-4 players, ages 12+
Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment. Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more!

My Take

We love games so I am always looking for something new to try. I made sure this game could be played as two player because it's just the two of us who usually play.
I was excited to get the game in the mail and it's a lot bigger than I thought! I started pulling things out of the box and reading the directions and I thought it could be a little cheesy. In any case I set everything up and the rules are fairly simple to understand just make sure you read them.
The DVD part is easy and it  has all of the Bible trivia questions that you will answer. It asks a question and you choose: A, B, C, D and so on. Then you advance on the board and draw cards. The game ended up being really fun! The music on the video and the narrator got a bit annoying on the DVD so we just turned off the sound.
You don't have to have the Bible memorized to play but it does help you learn new verses which is neat. I am not sure how it would go with more than two people, it would be more of a challenge.
I think this game would be fun with kids though it does say 12 and up.  

I recommend if you need a new game to play with a Biblical theme!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Home for Christmas Book Review


About the Book

For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don t tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of all ages from children too young to read to themselves, to parents and grandparents who enjoy reading stories aloud. Home for Christmas includes time-tested favorites by some of the world s most beloved children s authors Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlof, Henry van Dyke, Madeleine L Engle, Elizabeth Goudge, Rebecca Caudill, and Ruth Sawyer as well as little-known European stories appearing in English for the first time." (Goodreads)

My Review

What a unique collection of  Christmas stories! I wasn't sure what to expect but I hadn't read or heard any of these stories until this book. Some of them are better than others as there are quite a few authors. I really enjoyed Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, No Room in the Inn by Katherine Paterson, The Christmas Lie, and A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill.
Each story is different and takes you to a new place and time. Some of them are a bit slow and took me awhile to read. With books like this I can't just sit and read because there are too many stories. So I spread it out and read about one or two a day which is fun during the holiday season anyway.

For a new take on Christmas stories this is a great read.

Four Stars.

"I received this book from the publisher and Handlebar for free in exchange for an honest review."

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