Friday, April 18, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great, Biblically based resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

 Emilee from Pea of Sweetness has a house full of Marvel fans that are eager to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She is excited their family is armed with a great perspective on these important themes. Read her review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide. One winner will receive The Amazing Spider-Man 2 prize pack including the Family Discussion Guide, t-shirt, and mask. This giveaway begins on 4/18 and ends on 5/2 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US and Canada (void Quebec) ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Litfuse Review: Mom Seeks God by:Julia Roller

Mom Seeks God: Finding Grace in the Chaos
About the Book:
The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life and faith. When you re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don t have time to pursue one yourself? 

When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them even in the chaos of her every day.

About the Author:
Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include Mom Seeks God,  A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and  25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovar√©, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides, including Connecting with God, Learning from Jesus, Living the Mission, and Prayer and Worship. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Street Spirit, Group, Rev.!, and Children's Ministry. She and her family live in San Diego, California. Visit her online at juliaroller.com.

My Review:
 Being a mom  is the hardest job I have ever had. Separating our love for our children from our responsibility to parent them is an ongoing battle of wills inside ourselves. I am having to constantly remind myself after an intense moment with my children that it is for their own good, and that's only after I just told them that and that one statement brought on tears. God, as our Father models the behavior that we have to take with our own children. And I imagine it is equally hard for Him to raise us as well. But He loves us and that is something I want my children to know and feel. I want them to know that unconditional love that a relationship with Him brings.

 Mom Seeks God, is a book written to help us on the trek of raising our children to follow "The Light". It gives us mom an outlet to pursue our faith more fervently in the hopes to lead our children to Him as well. It all begins at home is a popular phrase in our home. My husband and I believe that it all begins with us leading our children to a God that will forever love them.

 The author has included tips from her own experiences and through the experiences of others to teach us how to faithfully live out our faith in front of our children. She has even provided tips to help us achieve our goals.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

Litfuse Review: A Sensible Arrangement by:Tracie Peterson

A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides, #1)
About the Book:
Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience. Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. 

But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

About the Author:
 Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 90 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

My Review:
Marty became a widow after ten years of marriage. Having never been able to carry children, she was left alone with only her brother and his family. Mourning had seem to have gotten the best of her, that is until she received a letter from a man wanting to marry for stability. She would never have considered it in her younger days but she needed to get away. A place to go to get away from the pain, the memories. A place for a new start.

 Jake could help to feel something for Marty the minute he wrote to her, after agreeing to marry him made the deal even sweeter, even if the marriage was just for convenience. Of course his job called for him to have a wife, even if he couldn't find a wife he was in love with. Luckily she agreed, so he could keep his job, she was just there if he needed her for an appearance, but he promises she'll be taken care of. But soon starts having feelings for  her, and no matter how much he brushes it away, he still feels it.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Confessions Of A Boy-Crazy Girl by:Paula Hendricks

 Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey From Neediness to Freedom (True Woman)
About the Book:
Sound familiar?
1. You spot a cute boy (we'll call him Boy A).
2. You dream about Boy A.
3. You do whatever it takes to make Boy A notice you.
4. Even though Boy A doesn't pursue you, you hang on to your dream of Boy A until he (a) moves to the North Pole with no access to a cell phone or computer, (b) dies and is buried or cremated, or (c) begins dating another girl.
5. You mend your broken heart by hating Boy A and finding another cute boy (Boy B). You replace Boy A with Boy B and begin all over again . . .

Paula has gone through an entire alphabet-and more-of boys over the years.

As she shares her journal entries and stories-the good, the bad, and the ugly-you'll be encouraged to trust God with your love life and buckle up for the ride!

Written for teen girls, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl will help you on your own journey from neediness to freedom.

 
About the Author:
Paula Hendricks lives in southwest Michigan where she no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. Instead, she blogs for teen girls and women by day and journals her adventures by night. She's worked at Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss for nearly nine years (whew!), where she currently serves as Writing and Editorial Manager. Catch more of her writing at PaulaWrites.com .

My Review:
 How do you see yourself when you talk about boys? Is it just a casual talk or is it the modern day fangirling? Depending on your answer, that will tell you how boy-crazy you truly are. But your not alone, there is millions of other girls like that out there, including Paula Hendricks, the author. She knows how you feel on the whole boy subject. She not only will tell you of her own experiences but also how she ended up dealing with each guy. From innocent crushes to lustful relationships, Paula has a story for them all. Along with God's help, Paula shows you how her life went for many years and who she came to marry.

 In Confessions Of A Boy-Crazy Girl, you will find tips on how to handle typical and not so typical situations with boys. The author shows you just how common your thoughts and feelings are amongst other girls in the same age group. She has also written the perfect book for teen girls because I know several and they all have had some of the same experiences.

 My daughter seems a little boy crazy, I think all teenage girls have some of that boy craziness in them. The authors insight and experience lead us all to rethink those crushes and relationships with the male gender.  My daughter has skimmed through the book and she agrees there is alot of helpful advice to value and learn from. If you are interested in purchasing this book for the boy crazy girl in your life, than you can find out more here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from MP Newsroom.

Review: Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide (digital)


About the Product:
The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

About Spiderman:
 We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

My Review:
 As alot of people know the upcoming movie, Spiderman 2 will be hitting theaters this May and in saying that, I had the chance to review a great little addition to the movie, The Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide. This guide will help to initiate conversations concerning the movie and what this reveals about the child or family member themselves. Taking the discussion of the movie to a whole other level, this guide can be used to help bring better awareness to our family. And show us how the actors in the movie along with their actions could lead us down a better path of living for Christ and doing whats right.

 In an effort to expand upon the movie and discussion concerning it, a family discussion guide has been created. I like this guide because it shows my children that they are living in such a way just as the characters in the movie. Each day as an individual we have to make choices that will ultimately drive us to be a better person or an evil one, and that choice is up to us. Biblically based this is the perfect guide for Christian families as well as non-believers. My children enjoy anything "Spiderman", so the discussion guide was a HUGE hit with them and it really got them to thinking. They never realized just how much their lives and the lives of the characters in the movie are similar.

 The sponsors of this post have graciously offered a Spiderman 2 prize pack to my readers. The prize pack includes:
- AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Prize Pack (t-shirt, paper mask and phone case)
- Special edition: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide (electronic)
Hurry and get those entries in!!! 
"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, 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.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CFBA Review: Lip Reading by:Harry Kraus

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
by
Harry Kraus


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

ABOUT THE BOOK

She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.

My Review:
 The life of a medical researcher, I imagine is not all that easy especially when you are this close to a breakthrough, and this was exactly where Rebecca Jackson found herself in this very intricate storyline. Sometimes we as a child of God are called upon to make a choice or decision that could go really well or really badly depending on what we decide. We have to decide if we will be the bigger person and do what God wants us to do. More often than not we will be placed in a position where it will seem easier to just do the thing that is actual in the end the wrong thing to do. Rebecca Jackson is faced with a similar situation in which she will come to a crossroads where she will in fact have to make a decision to do whats right.

 I have never really enjoyed any type of medical fiction but this book, Lip Reading has an easy to follow storyline that was quite enjoyable!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tracie Peterson celebrates 100 books with an iPad Mini Giveaway & A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT Live Webcast Event!

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!