Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's in the Bible? with Buck Denver by Phil Vischer

From the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer. Phil is now taking your kids through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in this series. I was honored to be able to review Vol. 1-3 of this series. Each DVD is filled with original music, animation, and puppets that will teach kids about God and His Word. My personal opionion I never could get into Veggie Tales. I just couldn't get into seeing vegetables talking and all.

Your child will meet:
  • Buck Denver
  • Bro. Louie
  • Captain Pete, the Pirate
  • Pastor Paul
  • The Sunday School Lady
  • Chuckwagon, the Cowboy
  • Clide & Ein
  • a Scientist
  • Bentley brothers
  • and more
These characters are quite cute muppet type characters. Dialog takes place between the characters and Mr. Phil ; reminded me alot of "Christian Sesame Street". Each episode is divided into two 25-30 minutes viewing sessions. I believe I'll add these to our Church library for others to check out and use.

Visit What's in the Bible web site here.
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You may watch a video about this series at CBD

What's in the Bible? Vol. 1: In the Beginning introduces kids to the Bible and the book of beginnings, Genesis. Kids will learn about the key people in Genesis and the important lessons their stories teach us. This DVD includes bonus short Quacky's Questions: What Is Kindness? Closed captions. Approx. 56 minutes.

What's in the Bible? Vol. 2: Let My People Go! introduces kids to the book of Exodus: the oppression of the Israelites and the birth and rise of God's chosen leader, Moses. The DVD also answers the questions, Who choose the books in the Bible? and What is salvation? - in a way kids can grasp. Includes bonus short Alfred Wilberwale: A Case for Patience. Closed captions. Approximately 58 minutes.

In What’s In the Bible? #3: Wanderin’ in the Desert, Buck Denver and his cast of friends take us through the next three books of the Bible—Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—helping kids understand how these books fit in with Genesis and Exodus to make up the Pentateuch and to set the stage for the trials and victories of God’s people. The question “Did this stuff really happen?” is also answered. Closed captions. Approx. 58 minutes.

Phil Vischer

In 1990, 24-year-old computer animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully weird way. Hence, a tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born. VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil's faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children. Phil is highly respected by key leaders across the Christian landscape, from Joel Osteen to James Dobson. His company, Jellyfish Labs, provides faith-based daily programming via the Internet at The characters from the What's in the Bible? series are featured, but the content is not specifically from the DVDs. Phil continues to pursue innovative ways to integrate faith and storytelling through Jellyfish Labs. He chose the name Jellyfish as a reminder to remain pliable to God's plans and not his own. Phil lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three kids in Illinois.

A review copy of What's in the Bible Episodes 1, 2 & 3 was provided for review by Tyndle House Publishing

Friday, July 30, 2010

Aloha Friday ~ July 30, 2010

Since I've been out of the loop this week trying to recoup from my camp week last week, I thought I'd do an Aloha Friday meme. Check it out at Islandlife

Question: What’s your favorite Disney movie?

that's a hard decision. I love Disney movies

Thursday, July 29, 2010

In Pain...

Sorry I've been in the background this week. I'm trying to catch up from being away last week at Church camp and I've been experiencing some sever pain in my shoulder and arms. I think is a pinched nerve. I just haven't been up to speed this week. Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Birthday goodies

Just thought I'd show off what I got for my birthday.

Mr. Coffee pot, cake pan with lid, pizza pan and pie crust rings. WooHoo!!
You'd think we liked food or something.

Monday, July 26, 2010

3rd week winner

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my world is spinning

My world is spinning as I'm trying to get back into the loop of things now after a week of Church camp. I'm trying my hardest to catch up on things today, but please bear with me.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME!

birthday images Pictures, Images and Photos

OK since it's my birthday and I've been at Church camp all week I'm taking a much needed Rest. Hopefully, I'll get caught up and be able to post tomorrow. However, since I'm out-of-town today with my family it doesn't look real promising. But I'll get my world slowed down soon so I can post again Lord willing. Until then Have a Happy Day and Celebrate it's my Birthday.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Celebration Week #4

It's time to celebrate. It's official. Scraps of Life is now my sole site, well besides 4 the LOVE of BOOKS.

Lighter Side and Treasure Box are now rolled into Scraps of Life

I've been blogging now for three years on July 5th so it's time to celebrate. The month of July I'll have four giveaways.

Week # 4 giveaway

Mary Engelbreit note cards and pen
and Winner's Choice book (you may click on the book to view my review of the book) from list below:

#1 Mandatory: Be a follower of my blog
#2 Leave a way of contact
#3 Tell me which book you'd choose
#4 US residents only, sorry

Drawing will be on Sat. July 31st

Extra bonus
Be sure to add an extra comment entry for each bonus
Tell me where you heard about this giveaway
add my button to your blog
follow my 4 the LOVE of BOOKS site
add my 4 the LOVE of BOOKS button to your site
post a blog entry about my giveaway linking to this page

to winner

Friday, July 23, 2010

Camp week report

Do to being at camp this week I won't get to report my miles for Tues.-Thurs; however, I'm sure I'll get my fair share of walking in.

Week of July 16th-22nd

Friday - 1 hr & 30 min. = 6 miles
Monday - 0
Tuesday - 0
Wednesday - 0
Thursday - 0

Total of miles 6 this week

Running total of 23 miles for challenge.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Stars In The Night
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)
Cara Putman


A Word From Cara:

I graduated from high school at sixteen, college at 20, and completed my law degree when I was 27.

My writing journey started in 2005 when I decided to write my first novel. Now I have eleven books published with more on the way.

People say I've accomplished a lot and that I must have life by the proverbial tail. Hardly! I grew up as a home schooled kid when home schoolers were misunderstood and oddities.

I struggle with balancing my writing and law career, plus being a good mom and wife.

I often fear people won't like my books.

I've walked through the deep pain of miscarriage.

Really, I'm just like you – I don't have it all together and have gone through tough times. But in His strength, I've discovered a strength I never knew I had. A strength I want you to discover, too.

In the end I'm just an ordinary mom who has seen God do some wonderful things as I've been obedient to step into the calling He's led me into.

Stars in the Night Background

Stars in the Night was an idea that had begun to percolate in my mind. I’d written two World War II series and was actively looking for my next setting. My husband, a huge World War II history buff, and I were kicking ideas around, and I’d decided Hollywood was probably the next place for me. I’d gone to the library and gotten a stack of research books when I got the call. An editor I knew but had never worked with wanted to know if I might be interested in a new line they were starting. As we talked, I got so excited. And then she emailed me their guidelines, which listed that Hollywood was a location they were interested in setting books.

Only God could have known ahead of time. But because I followed His prompting I was ready to run with an idea. Stars in the Night is the result.


Hollywood 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her.

Any day Audra might have been flattered by the friendly overtures of Robert Garfield, a real-life movie star. But on the flight from Indianapolis to Hollywood, Audra can think of little else than finding her missing sister. When Audra arrives in the city of glitz and glamour, and stars, and learns her rising starlet sister has been murdered, all thoughts of romance fly away.

Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan.

Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister.

Could the killer be the man with whom she's falling in love?

If you'd like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Stars In The Night, go HERE.

Contest: Lots of opportunities to win and great prizes, and the grand prize contains some of Cara's favorite classic movies as well as all of her WWII novels: Launch Contest!