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Chicken Soup For the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness {Review & Giveaway}

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Forgiveness frees us to get on with our lives! We can all benefit from letting go of our anger, and the 101 personal, touching stories in this collection will help you see the power of forgiveness and how it can change your own life.Whether it’s forgiving a major wrong or a minor blunder, forgiving someone is healing and frees you to move on with your life. You don’t have to forget or condone what happened, but letting go of your anger improves your wellbeing and repairs relationships. You will be inspired to change your life through the power of forgiveness as you read the 101 stories in this book about forgiving others, changing your attitude, healing and compassion.

We all have stories to share and one of forgiveness can be extremely powerful because it goes against our first response.  The response being to close the door and harbor anger. But by doing this, we are only haunted by it’s affects. Affects which over time creates bitterness and clouds up all remaining sunshine in our lives.

It’s a hard lesson when we realize that often life isn’t all we expect it to be.  It’s full of pain and hurt. Everyone has their own things to deal with but sometimes we just are’t sure where to turn for help and healing.  In Chicken Soup: The Power of Forgiveness there are numerous stories shared that give hope in moving forward and not letting paindefeat us.

Each story shared is roughly about 3-4 pages each. There’s a title followed by a quote that goes with the story. These stories are shared and written by and from not just every day average people like you and I but also from more well known people like Anthony Anderson for instance.

There are eleven sections varying with how many stories are in each. The section titles are:

  • Lessons on Forgiving Fathers
  • Forgiveness between Mothers & Children
  • Learning to Live with Family Through-Marriage
  • Patching Up Rifts with Siblings
  • When Bad Things Happen in Love and Marriage
  • Forgiving Friends and Colleagues
  • Lessons from the People You Meet
  • When a Crime Has Been Committed
  • ]The Importance of Self-Forgiveness
  • A Poem that Says It All
  • Bonus Stories about the Power of Forgiveness

This book is sure to inspire you to let thing go and keep you hooked in reading story after story. There are 101 stories but at only a few pages each, one can easily read this book in a couple of days if not sooner. I like this book a lot because it’s a reminder that we aren’t alone! I would certainly recommend this title!

Interested in Purchasing? Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness: 101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life can be found at at Amazon.com right now for $9.99 Kindle format & $11.55 for a paperback copy as well as at other retailers!

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A Love Letter From God {Review and Giveaway}

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My children have asked what God thinks about them. In answering this question, I tell them that God speaks to us through his Word the Bible and if we take time to look around we can see His love continually surrounding us. To give my kids more of a visual and tangible example of this, I’ve turned to author P.K, Hallinan and illustrator Laura Watson’s latest book A Love Letter From God.

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My son and daughter adore this book. They were drawn in right away by the colorful illustrations and the unique cutout designs of stars, flowers, circles, and hearts on each and every page. The nature scenes are comforting and beautifully done. There are boys and girls off all colors and race! There are also many insects and animals! My kids had fun pointing out something on every page. I can tell that careful thought went into creating this children’s book, even certain words of the text is highlighted!

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The writing is lyrical and in rhyme making it flow well as it is being read. I think this book is wonderful. It’s a good bedtime read or for when your kids may be having a hard day. This book to us is beautiful, encouraging, and comforting. I certainly recommend it and think it would make a great gift with Valentine’s Day coming up.

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Peter Pan Live! {Review + Giveaway + Activites}

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Fly into adventure as NBC presents a bold new production of the classic Broadway musical that has delighted audiences for generations.

 Filmed and broadcast live from New York, this wondrous adaptation of the original Broadway musical tells the beloved story of Peter Pan (Allison Williams, HBO’s Girls), a mischievous boy who ran away to have adventures in Neverland and never grow up! This family classic from the producers of Chicago, Hairspray, and Footloose features Academy Award winner Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and unforgettable songs, including “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land” that will have everyone singing along for years to come!

Peter Pan Live! is available on DVD and as a DVD+CD Soundtrack Gift Set, which includes the CD soundtrack recorded by the cast, just in time for the holidays!  Both the DVD and DVD+CD gift set also includes the special documentary The Making of Peter Pan Live! as seen on NBC, which gives fans an inside look at the creation of this season’s biggest holiday event.  Peter Pan Live! is adapted from J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and features the iconic songs of the 1954 original Broadway production, including “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” PLUS brand new songs penned by Amanda Green, songwriter and daughter of Peter Pan’s original lyricist, to create a truly new and memorable musical event.

Bonus Features • The Making of PETER PAN LIVE! – An exciting backstage look at the creation of an all-new production of the classic Broadway musical from rehearsals through performance.

Our Thoughts…

Peter Pan Live did not disappoint. My 6 1/2 year old daughter adored seeing this live musical version. She’s asked to watch it many more times since her first viewing. I am so happy she’s fallen in love with a such a classic!

Not having anything to compare this too, I think it was done well. The acting and singing was quite enjoyable. The dancing was fun to see! Who knew Captain Hook was capable of tap dancing?  The songs were memorable and I believe owning the musical soundtrack is a must in addition to the DVD.

It’s truly a magical tale and certain to be well received by the entire family, especially children. I hope to see more live classics presented by NBC!

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Classic Snacks Made from Scratch {Review & Giveaway}

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I grew up eating what most consider junk food but since I’ve been committed to living a healthier lifestyle I haven’t in many years. I won’t deny that I do still get cravings for those snacks. Maybe it’s more nostalgic in being tied to fun childhood memories than the actual taste of the snack that I recall. Though there’s no way I would ever go back to eating them now. At least that was the case until I discovered Casey Barber’s cookbook Classic Snacks Made from Scratch – 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats.

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Intrigued and delighted, knowing that I as well as my family could re-create these snacks all-naturally without the addition of artificial flavors and undesirable ingredients, I was sold! Instead of telling my kids (myself as well) no we won’t be purchasing those snacks at the grocery store, I can now let them know I’m taking the action of making them ourselves thanks to this book!

The classic snack categories are Cookies, Cakey Treats, Cheesy Snacks, Salty Snacks, Ice Cream Treats, Sweets & Candies, Fruit Filled Treats, Fried & Frozen Snacks, and ending with Dips & Spreads. A few of the treat recipes include those for Oreos, Nutter Butters® cookies, Pop-Tarts, Cheetos®, Twinkies, & Jalapeño Poppers to name just a few. Truly many of the recipes covered are known by many Americans.

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The book layout is easy to navigate and instructions clear and concise. The beginning of the book has an introduction followed by a Useful Tools & Ingredients section. This area I found beneficial to make ones self familiar with before getting started. It’s not completely necessary but I believe you should read it if you want to take advantage of all the important information to making the most of your cooking! Near the back, there’s Helpful resources which list links and certain ingredients you may have trouble locating at your local grocery store. I haven’t ran into that issue but I’m so glad it’s included. Techniques is a section that instructs you how to master cooking know how that you may not be comfortable with just yet. There is a conversions chart to become familiar with in the very end.

There are 70 recipes in this book. Throughout the book there are facts and food history as well a full color photographs. I love being able to learn stories behind foods we like! The author introduces each recipe with a few words. I really like the personal touch. Each recipe has a difficulty level from 1-4. One being the easiest to make and four on the more skilled level. I appreciate that the skill level is listed so if aiming to make a snack with my kids, I can pick one with minimal difficulty to make. How long each recipe will keep after made is mentioned for every recipe most lasting a week others a little longer if frozen.

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One of our favorite snacks to make from this book is the Caramel Corn! Who know making this classic treat could be so easy. The verdict was that it was even better than the caramel corn we are used to getting from the store. I don’t think we’ve ever had this tasty treat taste so deliciously fresh! I even thought about adding peanuts to the recipe and it would be just like having Cracker Jacks!

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I would highly recommend this book! I will say that though it takes more time to make these than to just picking up these snacks, you are going to get a far better version by making these yourself. You can’t beat the freshness and the fact you know every single thing going into them. This would be a great gift for anyone and a fabulous book to use together if you are aiming to get the kids in your life excited about helping in the kitchen!

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Giveaway & Review: Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible Volume 10: Jesus is The Good News!

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whatbible10Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25 minute episodes: God’s Perfect Timing – Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah Has Come! – Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus-how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

Our Thoughts…

Buck Denver asks…Volume 10: Jesus Is the Good News! is an excellent DVD to share with children, especially during the Holiday season. I say this because in celebrating Christmas as believers we are celebrating Christ, God’s gift to us. I feel it’s very important for children to see Him as more than just a babe in a manager. This collection teaches all about Jesus and what’s He’s done for us.

On this collection the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke & John are explained and discussed. These books show us that Jesus’ arrival was perfect in timing! We also learn very much about God through Jesus’ life & ministry while here on the Earth from the promise of a Saviour to His ultimate sacrifice for us!

Phil Vischer ( creator of the VeggieTales) has done an excellent job is explaining all of this in ways children can understand easily. There’s puppets, flash animations, catchy songs, but aside from all that, the DVD explains much in a serious manner and encourages children if they have questions about any of the topics like salvation to talk to a parent, church leader, etc. I think it’s good that was suggested instead of praying a prayer right there and then not knowing what they should do next in their walk with Christ.

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Things that were covered included: How the Power of Sin & Death Were Broken, That we all became sons & daughters of Christ, Jesus showed His Authority on Earth, That in the future there will be no evil and a New Kingdom of God is awaiting us, and much more. I would suggest watching one out of the two twenty-five minute episodes at a time and then discussing it before moving on. I appreciate there was a family discussion guide included with the DVD with great questions to direct conversations.

In addition to the DVD, there some fabulous extras found on the What’s in the Bible website to use and incorporate with watching the DVD. There’s coloring sheets, family discussion guide to back up what was learned and covered on the DVD, and more to print out absolutely free!

My children are quite fans of the series and we will continue to watch and discuss it! My daughter is 6 and she’s been asking more and more questions about God. I’m glad I’ve got this series to turn too for help in explaining and answering her! think this DVD is best suited for children age 5-10 years old and it’s really great for the whole family to enjoy together during this time of the year.We’ve been fan of this series for several years now and recommend this title as well as the others available highly.

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Awaken Love Couple’s Devotional Review & Giveaway

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Awaken Love is a Christian devotional book written specifically for married couples. The authors Kyle & Desirae Idleman take scripture directly from Song of Solomon found in the Bible and break it down in an easy to understand way. I was drawn to this book knowing that a couple wrote it together. It’s certainly been a breath of fresh air to read their shared insights and relational application suggestions with my husband in means to strength our own marriage!

The book is a six week study in which you read the devotions together 5 days out of a week. Each of the devotions has a title, scripture, inspirational story from the scripture, and a Bridge. The Bridge is application. The application usually includes another Bible verse or two, a place for notes, prayer suggestions, and other things to contemplate and discuss. The reading takes 10-15 minutes and application takes as long as needed. I would suggest setting aside a good half hour if not longer to do this devotion with your spouse.

I really liked understanding what many of the verses in the Song of Solomon were talking about. It’s very encouraging that this book is included in the Bible. It demonstrations what God truly wants for all of our marriages and what a God centered marriage and romance should look like instead of following the worlds view on it!

My husband and I have been going through this book together and feel much closer in doing so! It does us good to set time aside to spend together learning how to strength our relationship together and with God. This book has been a blessing!

Aside from this book, there’s also a full length movie and many more resources for churches to use in building up the marriages of their members!


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About the author: 
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.

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