Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FREE 14 Day Trial Is Now Available for the Odyssey Adventure Club!


Think of ways you can enjoy this summer for free:
  • Hiking
  • Visiting parks in your area
  • Swimming
  • Camping in your backyard
  • Visit a public museum or library
Now, add more fun and imagination to your summer through the Odyssey Adventure Club!

The Odyssey Adventure Club will give you streaming access to more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes plus a sneak peek of exclusive audio and video stories, on-line activities and daily devotions you can’t find anywhere else.

Start a free 14-day trial for your family today and make the summer even more fun!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

These are Healthy Snacks by Cintia Roman-Garbelotto

Cute characters introduce healthy snacks with a rhyming quote, encouraging toddlers to make healthy choices while having fun with the rhymes and interacting with the reader.
This book is ideal for native speakers of English as well as for children growing in bilingual homes.

This is a very basic book.  Definitely geared to toddler/preschool age.  As a teacher I could see it used in an ELL class as well.  A fun book to introduce food items to youngsters.  The words are very limited on the page and the pictures are bold, but a very, very cute book. Early readers will love that they can read this book by themselves. 

You can visit the web site here.You may download from Amazon free for a very limited time.

An ecopy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications and the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Living Hope

I'm not real big on documentaries, but this one was awesome.  I didn't feel like I was watching a documentary.  The actors keep you very engaged.  A very informative 1:30.  Living Hope gives Hope and inspiration to those  in despair and seeking.  When we are at our lowest point and no place to turn, only one direction to look and that is up.   A beautiful work that is being accomplished through this organization.  I have a niece going to Zambia this summer on a missions trip.  I'm passing this along to her maybe she'll be able to watch it before she goes.  

LIVING HOPE is the story of three extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa. It is a feature length documentary created by the filmmakers behind Journey to Everest, Apostles of Comedy, and Honoring a Father’s Dream: Sons of Lwala.  John Thomas, a pastor who is leading his church to serve the sick, hungry, and dying in the communities that surround them. Journey beside John through the neighborhoods where they work, meet the people their ministry has impacted, and hear from his heart why they chose to make a stand for the poor.  Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of four who moved his young family from the United States to Cape Town. Journey beside Joey as he equips men and women with job skills, and leads them out of the bondage of poverty.  Leonie Rustin, a single mom and nursing assistant, who turned from a life of crippling drug addiction to follow Christ. Journey beside Leonie as she attempts to help other in her community unshackle the chains of addiction and prostitution.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

I Can by Kathryn O'Brien

With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Philippians 4:13 (“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”), I Can turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author’s unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. I Can builds a meaningful connection between God’s Word and a child’s life experiences, laying a foundation for a love and comprehension of Scripture. Parents and children will enjoy interacting together over the passage.
I Can is a beautiful book to help youngest see that with God all things are possible.  What better way than to start them young realizing that God is who helps us in all that we do.  It is His strength that can help us do all things.  Phil. 4:13 is a perfect verse for children to learn.  It is God's strength that makes us able. A perfect book for child  ages 3-6 and beginning readers will love that fact that is is easy enough for them to read.  This is going in my classroom library. 

 For more information about this book visit here.

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by Tyndle House Publishing

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Berenstain Bears: School Time Blessings by Mike Berenstain

Book Description

It’s back-to-school time in Bear Country!

After the long and lazy summer, it’s time for school. Brother and Sister are ready to see their friends and get busy with all of the things they enjoy about school—but are nervous about the more challenging subjects like math and history. And Honey Bear will be going to nursery school for the first time—but how will she handle not being home with Mama and Papa all day?

In this new Berenstain Bear Living Lights book, Mama and Papa Bear remind their cubs that prayer and God’s love are always there to guide them and that they will support them no matter what the challenge
Berenstain Bears was awesome when my girls were growing up and now I'm taking them along with me to my classroom.  School Time Blessings is a nice addition to Back-to-School books in the library.  Brother, Sister, and Honey share with readers their worries and they beginning a new school year.  Mama and  Papa Bear try to help them seek God and trust on Him. They direct them to read the Bible and Psalm 34:4.  Papa instructions them then to seek God for their strength and help with their homework.  As well as sharing with the cubs that Phil. 4:13 tells us we can do all things through Christ.  What better way to help kids learn then sharing your faith with them.  There are also activities and questions at the back of the book to talk about and do.  Beautiful Book.  It is going in my classroom library for sure. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party book blast

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the children's adventure book written by P.T. Evans, Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party. The blast will run June 20 - June 22, 2016.


About the Book

Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children's Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing  | Publication Date: February 21, 2016

LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary.


What others have to say about the book...

"I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner." - Robin (Amazon)

"This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can't wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!" - Amazon Reviewer

"The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!" - Amazon Reviewer

Montage Publishing Summer Reading Program


"We at Montage Publishing are committed to creating quality books for children; as parents and educators, we’re also aware of the academic backslide that can happen during summer.  We’ve created some worksheets, a reading log, and a certificate of achievement to be used alongside our EMOJI ADVENTURES series.  Feel free to use them as they are or adapt them to your specific needs.

To further encourage summer reading, we’re having a drawing for two sets of EMOJI ADVENTURES books – one for the winning student; one for his/her library."

To print worksheets and enter the drawing visit

About the Author: P.T. Evans


P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans' books have been translated into two dozen languages.

Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Free Clubhouse Magazine Trial


Try 3 issues of the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse® (ages 8-12) OR Clubhouse Jr.® (ages 3-7) magazine for free!

Created with kids in mind, Focus on the Family offers a world of fun and imagination through short stories, jokes, puzzles, and games as well as recipes and activities to do as a family. Plus, what child doesn’t like mail? Your child will enjoy getting this entertaining magazine each month in the mail.

Click here to sign up for the free Clubhouse® magazine trial.

Click here to sign up for the free Clubhouse Jr.® magazine trial.

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Grow Your Child's Faith This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at

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Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker
Little One, God Made You Special is a cardboard chunky book.  Pre-School aged youngsters will love this quick read.  The message of this book is: they are perfect just they way God made them and no one is like them.  What better message could you give a 2-4 year old.  The rhyming meter is perfect for the young as well. The illustrations are bold and colorful with cute forest friends throughout the book. This is another book heading to the church nursery. 

Book Description

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

MY MOTHER’S QUILTS by Ramona Richards with giveaway

A quilt is love that serves a purpose.

About the Book:  
The devotions in My Mother’s Quilts are inspired by family heirloom quilts, some more than 100 years old. With humor and sincerity, Ramona Richards shares her memories and lessons learned from the quilters whose legacies live on in their work. Rich, personal, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, each reading provides a lesson and encouragement from the faithful women who crafted the quilts. Together, these devotions depict the enduring legacy of faith, family, and beloved traditions. Includes full color photographs of each of the 30 quilts!
About the Author:
Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at

Ramona Richards' book My Mother's Quilts is a book of beautiful devotionals all centered around quilts that her mother made.  I so enjoyed reading this devotional while learning the story behind the quilt as well as a lesson from God's Word.  Each quilt has a scripture, food for thought and a prayer starter.  It is a most amazing book.  I'm going to be gifting mine to my mom as soon as I'm finished with it.  This would make an awesome gift item for that quilt lover you know. 

Buy the book here.


Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!!mymothersquilts/l83ip

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Friday, June 17, 2016


Noble   Synopsis:
They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE, the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.

Noble was an awesome inspiring movie to watch.  One with a theme of determination and perseverance.  Christina Noble is a most inspirational woman.  This movie is about 1 hour and 40 minutes and worth all the time you spend watching it. 

Learn more about this movie here.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Esther The Belle of Patience by Erin Weidemann

Bible Belles’ The Adventure of Rooney Cruz is an original children’s series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.

We’re setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. We want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. We want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are.

In Esther the Belle of Patience, Rooney learns that there is a right time for everything even confronting people that you don't always agree with or like their actions.  Rooney's angel fairy, Mari helps her see when is the right time to approach the team coach concerning a matter with another team player.  Mari uses the story of Esther to show Rooney how to come to the discussion with her coach.  Rooney learned to wait for God's time. 

Watch video trailer here.
Visit web site here.

Would you like to win a copy of Esther?  Leave a comment telling me who you'd share the book with?  Which of the five Bible women do you love studying the most and why?  I'll draw a winner for this book on Saturday June 23rd. 


Erin Weidemann is an enthusiastic and goofy mom to two children, one of them with paws. She is a wife, author, teacher, former college athlete and a five time cancer survivor. Her heart is in Seville, Spain, though she calls Encinitas, CA home. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and daughter, coaching softball, and pretending she can bake. She loves eating, laughing, and volunteering at church teaching Sunday school. In addition to being the CEO and founder of Bible Belles, Erin hosts the Heroes For Her podcast.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Make Your Children World Explorers


Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a "staycation." Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family's "World Explorers" summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you've determined where you're going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country's unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at

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