Thursday, October 19, 2017

Litfuse Review: Total Christmas Makeover by:Melissa Spoelstra

 Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose
About the Book:
In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it's important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ's birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.

Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.

In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God's grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.

My Review:
 God always wants to be the center of our lives, all the time and every day--not just during the holidays. But hopefully for those of us that don't include him in our everyday lives we do pause at Christmas in order to give at least some thought as to the one that causes us to even have a Christmas. 

 So if you are looking for a devotional that is fitting for the holiday season, this one is a good one to pick up. There are 31 devotions in this little booklet. They are short and sweet and straight to the point. We don't have a lot of time during the holidays so this is the perfect devotional for time constraints. As well as, a perfect holiday devo that will keep us connected to Him and in the holiday spirit.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Houdini DVD Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

About the DVD:
Twelve year-old Harry has lived and breathed magic since his early childhood. The problem is that his hometown, Appletown, is not the best place for his natural talent to blossom.  Although he
rehearses endlessly in his parent¹s barn, he realizes that his dream is just that ­ a dream.  One day, Harry happens upon an opportunity of a lifetime--the New York mayor has announced a magic competition due to the official opening of the Statue of Liberty.  However in order to try out, one must be trained by a real magician.  Poor Harry doesn't know a single one.  As fate would have it, Harry¹s father runs into the renowned town magician, the Great Tesla and he promises to see Harry.  Despite the young boy¹s lack of knowledge, Tesla sees potential in Harry and decides to give him a chance.  He invites him to his home, accompanied by his niece, Beth, and his assistant Amrold.  Will Harry have what it takes to make it as a true magician?

My Review:
 Houdini is an animated film based on the real Harry Houdini, but animated for the little. All 3 of my sons are fascinated with Houdini and all 3 sat and watched this the entire time without moving. They all love magic and they think Houdini was an expert in his craft. Harry Houdini fans, right here! My youngest said that he loves Houdini because he does tricks. Magic is his jam, what can I say?!

 The animated Houdini is very child friendly and the movie is completely understandable and I would say ages 4 and up could watch with no issues. As we all know Houdini was a real actual person and this is a story of his life. NCircle Entertainment creates knowledgeable entertainment for children and this is just one of many of their products that is simply fantastic. We have several of their products in our home and we have never been disappointed.

 Houdini retails for $9.99 and is available at this link.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Awesome Coloring Book of Bible Comics by:Sandy Silverthorne

 The Awesome Coloring Book of Bible Comics
About the Book:
Bring the Bible's Most Exciting Stories to Life!

What could be better than a comic book filled with awesome Bible stories? How about a Bible comic book that you help create by adding color and captions? Sounds fun, right?

Follow the action-packed lives of God's greatest heroes and bring your crayons, colored pencils, or markers to the party when you add your own colorful touches to these amazing illustrations. Not only that, you'll be able to fill in your own quote bubbles and make these comics your very own!

Learn all about how
Noah escapes becoming fish food
God gets Pharaoh's attention with a righteous display of power
a young man leaves his family and finds big-time trouble
David goes head-to-head with a big bully and wins
Jesus is sentenced to death—but brings the world new life
As you read and color your way through these and several other stories, you'll discover that God has incredible adventures waiting for you in your own life when you choose to follow Him!

My Review:
 My 12 year old loves to draw and really any type of artwork he is usually the first one to step up to the plate and do it. He is very imaginative and creative. He is musically inclined, as well but that will be for another post. When I saw that I would get the chance to review this, I immediately thought of him. This is a book that is right up his alley.

 This is a tad different than your usual coloring book. It is set up comic book style and has some activity involved. There are 10 stories involved in this comic and there are several pages devoted to each. And along with each one there is a lot of fill in the blanks. So its an active Bible comic book. It has 80 pages in all. A great way to get some Jesus into my son and he gets to do his artwork. Nothing but a win-win for both.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Day Dreams & Movie Screens by:Alena Pitts

 Day Dreams and Movie Screens (Lena in the Spotlight #2)
About the Book:
Eleven-year-old Lena Daniels’ summer of Hollywood starlets and movie filming alongside her favorite singer, Mallory Winston, is over. School will be back in full swing, and it seems as though life might just pick up where it left off—with volleyball games, homework, and her best friends.

But just as she begins to wonder if her summer was all just a dream, her world is turned upside down . . . again! The movie [movie title to be added] premiers, the previews seem to be splattered on every television and radio channel, and everyone knows her name. Her classmates, strangers, and even her friends are starting to treat her differently, and everywhere she turns she’s being asked for an autograph, a picture, or a hug.

Lena is just figuring out how to manage her new fame at home when she finds out she's hitting the road on a two-week bus tour to further promote the film. Traveling across the country with the cast—with the surprise addition of her whole family joining them—Lena experiences adventures and challenges she never expected, while learning to step outside of her comfort zone and follow the path God has for her life. She learns that saying yes to God may not always be easy, but will take her further than she ever imagined!

 This Faithgirlz series entitled Lena in the Spotlight, written by Alena Pitts, star of The War Room and tween blogger of For Girls Like You, and co-written with her mother, editor and author, Wynter Pitts, is a reflection of Alena’s own life experiences as she reaches for the stars and keeps her faith in balance.

My Review:
 God knows how to take care of us and he does it very well. Even when we think he may have made a terrible mistake, especially when things don't go as we had hoped or planned. Lena is learning this firsthand. She is exhausted and fearful but knows God doesn't make mistakes especially when things seem harder than they should be. 

 The Faithgirlz series is a great series for tweens and young teens. It helps girls see their worth in God's eyes. It keeps their focus where it needs to be with inspiring stories and encouraging and uplifting words.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions by:Daniel G. Amen

 Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions: Don’t Let the ANTs Steal Your Happiness
About the Book:
Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions; Don’t Let the Ants Steal Your Happiness, written by board certified child psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, playfully encourages children to correct their negative thinking patterns in order to live happier and healthier lives. Comical illustrations bring the story alive as our main character, Captain Snout, reveals the super power questions that can rid us of our automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and lead to accurate and truthful thinking.

This picture book, based on a popular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy technique, will help readers do just that.

My Review:
 The Pennypepper children decide that they want a puppy but in order for them to get a puppy they need to raise or earn money to get one. So they decide to have a car wash. Each child sets out to do a job to help get this bright idea underway. Soon the customers trail off and they bright idea starts to grow dim. The children start thinking negatively and pretty soon they are ready to throw in the towel.

 It's not long before someone comes along to help, Captain Snout. Captain Snout points out to the children that the bad thoughts aren't really helping their situation. That all of their negative thoughts could actually make things worse. He describes the negative thoughts and feelings as ANTs. He then proceeds to show them how to look on the brighter side of things and how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings that we sometimes face.

 A great book that reinforces positive thinking and positive behavior.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review & Giveaway: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Tricks and Treats Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Tricks and Treats
 **Disclosure** This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:
A new spooky adventure this DVD brings, with the Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish and the Things. Meet the eeriest critters you've ever seen, arrived just in time for Halloween. There will be lots of tricks and of course, lots of treats, to share with the animal friends you will meet! There's coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with the Cat in the Hat.

My Review:
 It is never too late to learn more about all those little creatures that are related to Halloween and in  The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Tricks and Treats, we are the ones in for a treat. Learning should be fun and NCircle Entertainment knows that better than anyone. They take educational subjects and turn them into fun for our children. The Cat in the Hat is only one of many memorable characters that is sure to delight your child and to help him or her learn something new.

 The Cat in the Hat introduces us to some creatures we already now about, maybe but we learn something new about them. Only one episode is technically Halloween related but the animals could be viewed as related to the famous day. The movie retails for $6.99. You can learn more about it here.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: May the Faith Be With You Bedtime Prayers by:Susan Collins Thoms

 May the Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers
About the Book:
A Mighty God

No comet moves as fast as God,

No star can blaze as bright.

No planet in the universe

Can match his awesome might.

God is the source of everything,

Creator of us all.

He made and blessed this whole wide world,

All creatures great and small.

May the Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers is filled with colorful, space-themed art and fifteen simple prayers for children to read with their parents at bedtime or anytime. This padded cover board book even glows in the dark!

My Review:
 May the Faith Be With You Bedtime Prayers, is a great book for a little one just starting to read or that perfect read aloud for parents reading to young children. This is a board book suitable for ages 4-8. Each prayer listed in the book is based on scripture. There are 15 prayers included in the book. Each one is real simple and is NOT long and drawn out.

 The illustrations in this tiny little book are fantastic and full color. It takes you on a ride through all things space and space related. The best part of the book is that it glows in the dark. A really great bedtime book!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.