Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grace of God DVD Review & Giveaway

I don't know about you, but I love a good movie to sit down and watch with my family. I love a good Christian movie that I don't have to worry about the language in it or what to expect in it without having to preview it before letting Olivia watch it. This is the one thing that I enjoy when I get to review Christian products and movies.

I was lucky enough to be able to review "Grace of God: A Story of Easter Tradition" that had one of my favorite actresses in it, Erin Bethea. You may remember Erin in the movie "Fireproof" or even "Facing the Giants". Yes she is a wonderful actress. This movie is about having lost his faith so many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church's collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly's views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

This is a good reminder for us all to think about when we think that we may have lost our own faith on God, just remember that He is with us no matter what we may think. You can get this movie at Walmart and it was released on March 24th this year! I highly recommend watching it! I have another copy for one lucky reader in the US and Canada!

"Disclosure: 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." 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Whatever Wanda Book Review & Giveaway

Have you ever had a day to where you just needed an attitude adjustment? Or maybe you know someone who did or does now? Man, I can think of several people who needed some this past week and one of them was Olivia and I too may have been one of them too. Well we were lucky enough to be able to review this cute book by Christy Ziglar called "Whatever Wanda" and it is such a book that is uplifting for kids.

The book is has some really good pointers in it and lessons in it for young children. My mom even took the book into her class and read it to them. It helped them understand that it is alright for them to all have a bad day, but not to bring everyone down with them.

Here is more about the book:

Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that:

“Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”

About the author:
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the illustrator:
Paige Billin-Frye lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., where she gardens and grows food in her city yard. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and works in a studio over a neighborhood hardware store. Coincidentally, Paige has amassed a collection of rubber duckies of all sizes across the years.

You can find the other titles of the Shine Bright Kids series HERE.

One Lucky Livy Updater Reader will win their very own copy of Whatever Wanda!

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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. 

Gospel for Asia's No Longer A Slumdog Review

This book was a very good book to read and was a hard one to put down. It was one that you didn't want to put down because you wanted to keep reading to see what the story was going to reveal next. What was going to happen in the next story. How was God going to reveal Himself to these people? This book "Gospel for Asia's No Longer A Slumdog" was probably one of the best books I have read lately. Then again the most recent book that I have picked up and read has been my Financial Management book so anything is better than that. But this book was beyond enlightening for me. It helped me understand that so many people don't have the kind of life as we have here in America. They struggle for things, simple things that we have access to at all times. I will say it was hard at first to start to read it because it was making me sad and cry but once I started to read the book more and more, the story got more joyful and eventually made me beyond excited for the family and what they had discovered. I praise God for His glories and everything about Him. For he is the glory of the Lord for sure!

Here is more about the book:
139 pgs / Forward by Francis Chan

Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.

"You girls stay here. I’m going to get something to drink.” But after a few minutes, the train started moving again, and Mom still wasn’t back! Our hearts were racing. The train kept going faster and faster. Where was Mom?

Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories— stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.

About the author:
K. P. Yohannan

Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director for Gospel of Asia, has authored more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 3 million copies in print. He is on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and his Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 900 stations worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Want even something nicer? Why not be able to get this book for free for you to be able to enjoy to read and pass along throughout the family. The author is giving away this book for free as well. Click below to receive your own copy of the book!

You can also visit the official website here, Facebook and Twitter. And his Personal Facebook & Twitter

I received a copy of "Gospel for Asia's No Longer A Slumdog" to be able to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation. All opinions on this review are my own!

Wherever the River Runs Book Review

One thing that I have always loved is a good book to sit down and read. I love to sit down with them and read them on a rainy day, or on my down time while studying or when avoiding to do my homework for school. Which happens more often than you think. When I was asked to have the chance to review this book I was so excited to begin to read it. It was perfect reading material compared to packing up the house which in my opinion at the time was more time consuming and boring! A good book was what I needed more!

This book was written by Kelly Minter and it was soulful and meaningful. It made me believe that I was traveling along in the story and made me want to travel around the world rather than just along the east coast like usual. Although I probably should travel more than just to Florida or to Orlando but who's saying anything about that? Not me? This book brought meaning to my life and "Wherever the River Runs" made me really believe that no matter what, there is something out there waiting for me to go exploring! Doesn't mean it has to happen today but one day it will happen, maybe just not now!

Here is more about the book:

In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a journey down a river teeming with piranhas and caimans, as well as machete-wielding mothers, heroic jungle pastors, faith-filled children, and miracles too seldom experienced in our part of the world. Kelly's honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.

On this beautiful adventure through the jungles of Brazil and the tangles of the soul, Kelly rediscovers Jesus among a forgotten people living well beyond the corners of her previously defined faith--a people who draw her back to their country, their pain, and their hope in Him, again and again.

"Kelly Minter writes the way a portrait artist paints." -- Beth Moore, Living Proof Ministries

"The best thing I can say about Wherever the River Runs is that I closed the last page, bowed my head, and said, 'God, send me too.' Thank you, Kelly, for your courage, leadership, and faithfulness." -- Jen Hatmaker (speaker, blogger, and author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess)
Check out the exclusive trailer here: 
And don't forget to visit Kelly's website here

VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever Review

Do you like VeggieTales or do you know someone who does? My daughter, Olivia loves VeggieTales and I have listened to them in the van so much that when she starts singing them even though I can't hear the music I start singing along with her. I was lucky enough to be able to get a copy of VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever before it came out on August 5th and it never left the van DVD player for months. And I mean months. I finally had to hide the DVD because I was afraid that it would get stuck in the van forever!

In Celery Night Fever, the retro funkadelic sights and sounds of polyester leisure suits and disco balls take center stage – along with a timeless message of friendship and forgiveness. Actor Terry Crews provides the voice of Bruce Onion, a nefarious real-estate developer who plans to turn the serene, green Celery Park into a parking lot. His unsavory scheme spurs Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus to enact a bold plan: reuniting the long-lost ’70s band The Groovy Brothers to play at a fund-raising concert. The problem is, The Groovy Brothers haven’t spoken to each other in decades, and the members have little interest in getting back together. Their long-simmering feud spills over to affect Laura and Junior. It’s not just Celery Park that’s in jeopardy – if best friends can’t learn to forgive each other and accept each other’s faults, the veggies might lose their cherished community gathering spot. Celery Night Fever features six original songs, including a rousing number from Bruce Onion, showcasing the musical side of Terry Crews. Celery Night Fever which debuted on Aug. 5, 2014 exclusively on DVD.

You can check out the movie trailer here. 

 I was sent a copy of the movie in return for an honest review of this movie. All opinions are my own.