Thursday, April 6, 2017

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible and NIrV Holy Bible Review #OnceUponATimeBible #FlyBy

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.



About the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible and the Once Upon a Time Holy Bible:

    With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.

    The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes

     Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!

    What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.


The Storybook Bible utilizes even more of the captivating art style and beautiful narrative to tell the major stories of the Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/once-upon-a-time-storybook-bible) , and the Holy Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-hardcover & (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-imitation-leather) includes the full-text of the bestselling New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation, and highlights 6 great stories of the Bible in full-color tip-in pages.  (There will be 6 stories, and each story is told on 4 illustrated pages.)

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My Review:

The Storybook Bible is a good size book at 9" x 11", so it is quite big.  It contains 33 stories and 144 pages.  The stories are only four pages long so they are perfect for children with short attention spans.  And, with much of those four pages covered in pictures, little ones' eyes will be occupied looking while the story is read.


The pictures are also very neat!  They definitely remind me of a fairy tale story with the illustrations... especially the facial features of the characters.  Even the pages with only words are decorated nicely with different borders to brighten up the page.


Not only does each story start with "Once Upon a Time", but it also ends with a "Happily Ever After" Bible verse to go with the story!  The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is a great way to introduce young ones to the stories of the Bible.


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The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible is illustrated the same as the Storybook Bible.  It IS a 1144 page Bible with a handful of colorful pages throughout with shortened versions of Bible stories on them.


While it is a very nice Bible, I think the shortened stories are little too short.  There are some fun, interesting, parts of the stories that my children were disappointed were not included.


Even though the stories are a bit short, the Once Upon a Time Holy Bible would make a wonderful first Bible for a young child.  It has enough colorful stories to intrigue them, yet is still a Bible that they can follow along in and learn from.


The covers of both the Storybook Bible and Holy Bible say "The Bible is not a fairy tale.  Every great story happened once upon a time."  What a great way to start little ones off with that reminder!  Most Bible stories sound like other fairy tales that children hear, but they need to understand that these stories truly happened and that they happened for a very important reason.

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Buy Them!
The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is available at Sam's Club or where books are sold for $16.99.  The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible is available where books are sold for $24.99.  They would make great gifts for Easter baskets!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Give "When Calls the Heart Complete Season 3" for Christmas this Year!

*Disclosure: I was provided the following in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.

About Season 3:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier.  Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls the Heart, a beautiful story filled with "nostalgic...escapist fun" (Filmintuition.com)!

A strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city, Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) has made the small frontier town of Hope Valley her home, with no small help from a handsome Mountie named Jack (Lissing).  But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face pressures put upon them by family, friends, rivals, lawless criminals and even catastrophic natural disasters in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land.

My Review:
I've said it many times in my reviews of the When Calls the Heart DVDs, but my family really can't get enough of this wholesome, family-friendly show!  It truly is wonderfully refreshing to watch!  This collection of Season 3 is the perfect set for any fan of the show.  I'd highly recommend it as a wonderfully thoughtful gift this Christmas that can be enjoyed, as it is watched, over and over again!

Buy it!
When Calls the Heart Complete Season 3 can currently be purchased on amazon.com for $39.99!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Baby, Baby!" Board Book Review & GIVEAWAY! (Ends 10/5) #FlyBy

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


About Baby, Baby!

A sweet, colorful board book that appeals to a baby's interest in looking at other babies.
Babies enjoy books, looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. This short rhyming poem combines all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing babies to God's love for them. The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, allowing the book to be used as an introductory concept book as well. And it ends with a reminder that Baby is always loved by God.

My Review:
Baby, Baby! is everything a board book should be and more!  Little ones will be engaged in looking at all the sweet baby faces, as well as all the catchy colors.  The wording is simple, sweet and rhymes!  Rhyming really adds to the fun of reading to babies. Baby, Baby! contains not just one, but TWO mirrors for little ones to see themselves IN the book!  It's a very solid board book that will not only be easy for little fingers to turn pages, but will also hold up well.  This sweet book ends with a simple statement about baby being loved by God.  A message that can never be taught too soon.

I highly recommend Baby, Baby! for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to read to the little love in their life.  It will make for some great bonding time!

Buy it!

Baby, Baby! can currently be purchased on amazon.com for $7.99.  

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"Caged No More" DVD Review

*Disclosure:  The following DVD was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.


About Caged No More:
Inspired by real events, “Caged No More” is the story of Aggie Prejean, a grandmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father. As the details behind the girls’ disappearance begin to unravel, they have been discovered to have been taken overseas to be sold into the sex trade. Aggie enlists the help of the girls’ uncle, a well-respected local philanthropist, and his son Wil, who is former Special Forces. A global hunt ensues, and the team will stop at nothing to see the girls safely returned home.



My Review:
Caged No More is a movie that I have to say I was quite interested in watching when I received it being that it is about sex trafficking.  I've just heard recently that the human trafficking business is huge.  (I knew that it was going on, I just didn't realize how much.)  My state, the state of Michigan, is No. 2 in the country for human trafficking.  Shocking.  With it being such a big criminal industry, how is that I haven't been hearing more about it!?

With all that said, Caged No More is a great movie to bring more awareness to the human trafficking industry.  It's a very moving film and very well made.  The lengths that loved ones went through, and the danger that they put themselves in, to save the lives of 2 girls was inspiring.  The faith that they had to make it through the trials was even more inspiring.

Caged No More is a great film that I think everyone with children should see.  Be aware of how easy it would be to lose your child to something like this.  Be active in your children's lives.  Make sure they know how much they're loved and valued.  And teach them the importance of safety on the internet and elsewhere.

Buy it!
The "Caged No More" DVD can be purchased on amazon.com for $12.29.

Be on the lookout for Caged No More II in 2017!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero" DVD Review

*Disclosure: The following DVD was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.


About When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The  Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier.  Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing  (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and  Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in  When Calls The Heart, “a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love” (Common Sense Media).

New arrivals bring excitement, love and danger to Hope Valley.  Pastor Frank has been reinstated following the revelation of his criminal past, but the arrival of his old cohorts, the Garrison Gang, are making life-and his relationship with Abigail- very tense.  Bill Avery has his own debt to settle with Jake Garrison, and Jack intends to stay Bill's hand from killing the man.  Meanwhile, Lee's foot injury brings a pretty nurse, Faith Carter, from Hamilton...and soon after, her possessive fiance.  And Jack rises to the defense of new settlers on Gowen's land when Gowen abruptly raises their rent.

Take a peak at the trailer:

 
My Review
More giggles, suspense, and hearts warmed in my family by another awesome When Calls the Heart DVD.  Jack and Elizabeth's relationship grows stronger despite troubles that may have swayed them in previous seasons.  I honestly feel a proposal has to be coming soon!  I know my kids are thinking it'll happen each time we watch another DVD.

I can't say enough about how wonderful the When Calls the Heart series is!  Please be sure to check it out.  I'm sure you'll become hooked too! :-)

Buy it!
The When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero DVD can be purchased at amazon.com for $9.39.
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