Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wild Beauty

Have a wonderful weekend.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Review / Giveaway 6/30 US/CAN

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? 
Written by Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Bill Bolton

Really? Would it? Oh how I miss the days of reading aloud to my children. Just yesterday, my almost nineteen year old daughter came in reading Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. That's something that doesn't happen anymore. She was in tears. It's a book I often read to her as a small child, but this time she was reading it with new eyes... eyes to see the love not just of a mother but of our Holy Heavenly Father God. Good children's books are like that. They speak to us when we're young and when we're older.

When I saw the cute little worm on this cover, I just couldn't resist this book. I know. I know. I don't have any littles at home anymore, but I still love picture books. I think this one will be a gift for a friend who's having a baby soon.

This is a big book with an embossed dust jacket. I like it!

This is a series of questions and answers about different animals... all written in rhyme. We all know how much littles love rhymes. Who am I kidding, we all love rhymes. Don't we? It's more fun to read aloud. Great job Hannah C. Hall.

The illustrations are just flat adorable. They're bright, cheerful and fun. Gotta love them Bill Bolton!

God is given credit for his perfect design of both animals and people.

I highly recommend this great children's picture book. Read it to your children, grandchildren, or give it as a gift. 

About the book:
“Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?”

So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special.

Format: Jacketed hardcover
Page count: 32
Reading age: 4-7

About the author:

Hannah C. Hall is the author of best-selling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night and God Bless Our Christmas, as well as an award-winning blog, Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.

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REVIEW: Chasing Grace ~ A Faith Based Film

Chasing Grace 
Official Synopsis

A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor’s family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Pastor Jonathan Matheson lives in a world of black and white, yet finds a way to navigate the “grey in-between” to work to his advantage, while facing one of the most tragic moments of his life. Set in small-town America and woven inside a tale of redemption, “Chasing Grace” is a story of how one family takes on the burden of guilt in order to make sense of their loss. While pointing the finger of blame at his brother, Pastor Jonathan also chooses to hide from the truth while trying to escape his own personal demons. “Chasing Grace” is loosely based upon true events and provides a powerful story about the redeeming power of forgiveness. 

My husband's thoughts: I thought that the overall quality of the film, the quality of the actors and the setting were all good. The house was absolutely beautiful. The movie started out very dismal and it moved pretty slow. Obviously they had issues, but I think they drug it out too long. They put too much stuff in it. I wouldn't watch it again. It's a very heavy movie. To the world, that could be a really hard hitting movie. 

My teenage daughter's thoughts: The whole entire movie was sad, depressing, and intense except for the opening and the last two scenes. Literally. I didn't like the movie. The policemen were messed up as well as everyone else in the movie—almost. I wouldn't really recommend this to anybody, because it definitely wasn't one of my favorite movies. They made you want to know what was going to happen in the end, but they didn't resolve it very well.

My teenage son's thoughts: That was dismal. Everybody was stupid. The acting was not very good. Cinematography was fair. They had the laws wrong, and they made the police officers look like total idiots. I didn't enjoy it very much.

My thoughts: This was not a happy happy joy joy kind of movie, but it was not meant to be. This was a very intense movie filled with pain and anguish. Each member of the family, and their friends, dealt with a tragic event that left them grieving. Sometimes things happen which do not make sense. Sometimes we try to deal with the pain by blaming or lashing out at others. Sometimes we stuff it, sometimes we do stupid things.  

The depth of emotion that was portrayed is not comfortable. We all felt drawn into the emotion of the movie. We didn't like what was happening, but that's the kind of movie it was. It was a story of taking the broken pieces of life and trying to make something different so that life can go on. It was a sad film, but I thought it had good resolution.

This is a story of forgiveness, and hatred, and anger. This is a story of putting your money where your mouth is, and doing what you say you believe. This is a story of redemption and the struggle for it. If you like to watch this kind of movie, this is a very good movie.

I think this is a worthwhile movie. I suggest you watch the trailer then look at the website to make up your own mind. 

Dove rates this 12+.
If you have kids, I suggest you read their review prior to allowing them to watch it. 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Anchored Press 2016 Daily Planner Review, Giveaway US 6/30

Anchor your day and your life in God's Word.
My life is in a state of change right now. My children aren't children anymore. They're teens and young adults. That means that they need me in a different way. Part of my role as a supportive mother is to help them explore different interests and career paths that they may be called to. That has added more going to my life. That means keeping it all straight. I'm working on getting more organized. I'm giving Anchored Press Daily Planner a chance to help with that.

  • Daily pages + combined weekend pages
  • Daily page includes: an hourly scheduler (6am-8pm), top 4 to-do list, dinner plan & a place to meet with God everyday
  • Daily Bible verses & inspired devotions
  • Mid-week prayer over your children
  • A weekly spot to thank God for your blessings
  • Monthly designated page for prayer requests
  • Family goal planning page
  • Family memory making prompts
  • Family go-to dinner page
  • 2016 yearly calendar and holiday pages
  • 12 two-page monthly views

  • A time to be still with God
  • A “to-do” list with grace
  • A way to get your family to the dinner table
  • A reminder to lift up your prayers to God
  • A family that has intentional goals
  • A grateful heart
  • A reason to grow 
  • And a keepsake for future generations because by you meeting with God every day, you naturally pour out your soul onto the pages of your Anchored Press planner and because of that your family will have memories to cherish forever!
  • The planner is designed to help you become organized and anchored in God's Word.
The 2017 planners release in late August with an expanded product line.
2 formats, more color options and a separate prayer journal. One of the planners has 52 devotionals, 1 for each week written by some amazing women of God such as Christine Caine and Jenni Catron!   

The current 2016 planners are 40% off which is a great deal because there are still 7 months left in the year to enjoy them.

  • Everything about this planner speaks of quality and good planning.
  • "Packaged with Prayer" proclaimed on the high quality delivery package. 
  • Bright and easy to find so hard to lose. -grin-
  • Sturdy cover
  • Heavy for size because of nice thick pages
  • Plastic coated month tabs should hold up nicely
  • Rings are not circular. They're flattened a bit in the middle—perhaps to help the pages lie flat together when closed.
  • My best use may be leaving it on the desk instead of carrying it with me. Time will tell. 
  • Nice smooth pages
  • The top 4 to do list requires more focus than a list of ten or more to dos.
  • Nice big dates
  • I enjoy the Bible verses and inspirational snippets on most pages.
  • The place to record "God blessed me this week by:"
  • Pages a bit difficult to turn. Lifting them out and away from the binding helps. It was easier after I got used to it. 
  • I've gone through many stages of cooking over the years. Sometimes we try something we really like, then I forget about it and don't make it again. I think the list of family go-to dinners page will be helpful to remind me and give me ideas for menu making which is not my favorite thing.
  • Each day has a spot to pencil in dinner plans. That's helpful whether you plan a month, week, or day ahead... for that matter, even if you plan that morning! It reminds you that it's coming!
  • There's a page at the end of each month to keep track of prayer requests and updates. It's nice to keep them together. 
  • I would like to see a page to pencil in dates for the following year.
  • I would like to see a place for phone numbers and addresses.
Read about Anchored Press.
Meet Deana Uhrig the creator of Anchored Press Planner. Jesus inspired her to design this Christian planner to help ladies be organized and anchored in God's word. 


Do you like what you've seen? 
Buy one or enter the giveaway below.
Anchored Press is giving away ten 2016 planners.

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