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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DVD Review - Hillsong Kids, Can You Believe It?


ABOUT THE DVD:

Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and in the church. For this reason they seek to partner with parents (the greatest teachers of all!) and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources. Through fun experiences, meaningful music and ministry that encourages kids to participate, Hillsong Kids presents Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children will never forget.

“Can You Believe It!? - Songs of Truth” is both a question and a challenge... a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith. Classic songs like “My Best Friend”, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and “What A Beautiful Name” join brand new declarations of faith such as “As The World Shakes” & “Heaven Is Our Home”. We pray that this collection of fun and vibrant songs, help children around the world to declare biblical truths about God’s love and grace for them.

MY REVIEW:

This is a really fun DVD that brings worship to life for children. You'll recognize a lot of these songs as favorite Hillsong worship songs. They are geared toward children, though, and it encourages them to sing along and get to know the Lord through the words of these worship songs.

As a rule, I really don't enjoy hearing children CD's or DVD's but this DVD is so well done and I found myself singing along while watching. The children really do a beautiful job and there is definitely a feeling of worship from them. My favorite song from Hillsong right now is Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) and they do such a lovely job of singing it.

Here's a little sample about the DVD.



This would be a wonderful gift for any child or grandchild. Perfect stocking-stuffer! You could pop this into the DVD player at any time while your child is cleaning or as a fun time with your child and their friends. I think it would also be great for the children's church situation or in any group setting.

I really enjoyed this DVD and I love that it encourages children to worship God! It would be great for any child. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*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.



Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Birthday Blast

I had the most wonderful birthday! In fact, my family made it last for about 5 days! On my birthday, my son surprised me with these two gifts.

The Christopher Robin movie on DVD...


He and I have a love for things Pooh Bear so this will be a special event for us to watch together.

Then he gave me this!


I'm sure you can guess why I received this and why I love it so much!! I am beyond thrilled!


My hubby and I had a lovely lunch and then went out and did a little window shopping for Christmas. I was looking for a couple craft items at Hobby Lobby, too, so we did that as well.

One of the fun things I found that I just had to have was this!


I think my husband was shocked that I fell in love with this. lol  I am a huge fan of the Wonder Woman movie and this reminded me so much of that. I'm going to use it for 2019 and think big and set good Wonder Woman goals. 😁  Here's a little closer picture of the set. It has so many lovely things in it.


Since my birthday was on a weekday when my son has to work, we decided to save the bigger celebration for the weekend. I decided to make my own cake this year. When I was young, my grandmother and mother would make delicious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I haven't made one for years and really thought it would be wonderful. It was. It isn't fancy but what it makes up for beauty, it more than makes up for in yumminess!


The recipe for the chocolate frosting has never been written down but it's in my head. I bit of this and that and it becomes the most amazing frosting ever.

I will continue more about my birthday next time. Suffice to say I am so blessed and so spoiled by my family.

Blessings - Julue



Book Review - The Sparkle Effect


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Former Miss USA Kristen Dalton Wolfe helps inspires women to believe that positive identity transformation and fulfillment in life is possible in Christ.

The world is waiting to experience the gifts of each and every daughter of the King. But how do these women rise to their calling when so commonly burdened by insecurity, discouragement, or lack of self-belief? THE SPARKLE EFFECT is a guide to the total, positive identity transformation that is possible in Christ. It will empower women with the confidence to achieve their biggest dreams and live fulfilled like never before. Once readers stop wasting time trying to meet worldly standards of beauty and success, stop feeling unworthy, and stop hiding in the shadows of their lives, they’ll be open to claim their divine destinies.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Dalton Wolfe is a former Miss USA and the founder of SheIsMore.com, an inspirational online magazine that impacts hundreds of thousands of readers a month. She leads a women’s ministry, She Gathers which hosts weekly meetings, monthly gatherings, annual retreats and conferences. Kristen is also a faith based personal success coach. She and her husband Kris are motivational speakers and live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Aurora.

MY REVIEW:

This is such an inspiring book! I loved how she encouraged us to sparkle as ourselves and the way God made us. So many of us feel like we need to be different than we are or change things about ourselves to be like someone else when we would be far better off being the best us we can be.

I love how Kristen shares so openly and honestly about her life and the things she herself has been through or thought. She makes you feel like you're sitting with a friend and she's pointing out the great things about you. She encourages us to use our gifts and not be someone we're not.

Finding out dream is such a wonderful part of this book! So many of us aren't sure what our dream is or we may feel like our dream is too big or silly.  Kristen encourages us to live our dream - to go for that thing that makes our heart happy and excited. This helped me so much!

This is a book that I will re-read many times to encourage me and keep me focused on my dreams and living a sparkle-filled life! How exciting to live a life of joy and sparkle!

This book is for every woman! Yes, it would have been nice to have read this when I was younger but we're never too old to spark and shine for Jesus or to live our dream! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Hachette Books. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Review - Praying With Jane


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The charm of Jane Austen and her novels has been enjoyed for over 200 years by readers around the world. Much has been written about her fascinating life, yet little is known about Jane's spiritual side. In this lovely 31-day devotional, you will get an in-depth look at Miss Austen's vibrant, steadfast prayer and faith life. Her intimate relationship with the Father comes to life through her exquisite prayers, touching biographical anecdotes, intimate excerpts from family letters and memoirs, and illuminating scenes from her novels.

Spiritual insights and Scripture references shed light on the profound meaning behind Miss Austen's prayers and the enduring truths they contain. Each day ends with a key Bible verse and invitation to "pray with Jane," helping to ignite and deepen your own vibrant relationship with the Father.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachel Dodge fell in love with books while listening to her mother read--in their home, at the doctor's office, in the car, and even in the middle of the night when she had the chicken pox! With a children's author for a grandmother and elementary school teachers for parents, she grew up in a world filled with books and peopled by literary characters.

Today, Rachel is a college English instructor, author, blogger, and speaker. With a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento, she teaches writing and literature classes and speaks at libraries, teas, and literary groups about Jane Austen, her life, and her novels. She is also a regular contributor to the popular Jane Austen's World blog.

Rachel is passionate about telling stories that bring God glory. Her goal is to elevate Jesus through writing in order to encourage others to grow closer to God through prayer and Bible study. She enjoys exploring the intersection of faith and fiction in her own writing and is happiest when reading or writing.

Rachel makes her home in California with her husband and children. She loves old houses and architecture, beautiful gardens, anything British (including period dramas!), spending time with her family, attending church, mentoring young adults, and exploring new worlds through reading and writing.

MY REVIEW:

This book touched my heart in so many ways! My love for God and my love for Jane Austen is met with a lovely book filled with Scripture and wonderful quotes from the Jane Austen books.

The cover of this book is so beautiful and the inside even more so with it's beautiful writing and faith-filled pages. I really liked the introduction and how Rachel gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jane. Then there are three beautiful prayers written by Jane Austen dispersed throughout the book. These prayers touched my heart so much! Her eloquent words and reverence for God are so beautiful!

However, it is Rachel's writing that really drew me in and inspired me. She writes not only about Jane and her writing, but brings it all together with Scripture in a wonderful way. This book touches my woman's heart and gives me a longing for God and His Word. I love a book that makes my quiet time with God more meaningful.

I love that this book focuses on prayer. Each day starts with a beautiful quote then a devotional focusing on Jane, her faith, and Scripture. We then have an invitation to pray, then a final prayer for the day. Each day then has a Scripture that focuses on what we have read and learned. Prayer is the main focus on this book and that is so important and has made a real difference in my quiet time prayers.

I love this book, as I'm sure you can tell. This is a wonderful book for any woman looking for a deeper prayer life and, for the Jane Austen fan, this book is a must have! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by the author.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Blessings - Julie

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Book Review - The Words of Christ


ABOUT THE BOOK:

A beautiful gift book--from the Church's early illuminated manuscript tradition--featuring the words and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Here are the pure moral principles Christ taught us. His words from the New Testament are the more important than ever.

As we seek truth, justice, compassion, and love amid disruption and uncertainty, we turn to the words of Christ for guidance. The words of Jesus give us direction and purpose. In times of turmoil and rapid change, their clarity and force provide comfort, strength and peace.

THE WORDS OF CHRIST is divided into ten sections, each from a significant portion of the New Testament: My Father's House, Galilee, Sermon on the Mount, The Seeds Are Cast, The Wider Travels, The Last Journey, The Last Week, Betrayal, Crucifixion, and The Last Words.

Designed and illustrated by artist Judy Pelikan, she ornaments each page with the flora and fauna of the Holy Land. She adopts the tradition of manuscript "illumination," introduced in the Middle Ages when it was employed to enlighten - shed light on - sacred texts.

MY REVIEW:

This book is absolutely gorgeous! It's a small book but it's so beautifully done and each and every page is such a lovely, peaceful reminder of the words of Jesus.

The high quality paper within this book makes it a joy to hold and peruse. The illustrations are just beyond gorgeous! So much thought and time was taken with these beautiful illustrations and you feel as though you are reading text for ancient time. The text is very easy to read and each and every Scripture is a perfect addition to this book.

The drawings of butterflies, birds, flowers, and more add so much to this little volume. You just want to sit and read through this because it feels good to the soul. The words of Christ as so wonderful and you add the illustrations, and it's just a treasure!

I love this book and I think you will, too.  It would make a lovely gift and it is a wonderful addition to anyone's quiet time.  I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Hachette Book Group. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Blessings - Julie