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The Action Storybook Bible Contest by David C. Cook

<h2 style=”text-align: center;”>DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS?

HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?</h2>

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child’s dream come true!

 

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Parents!

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David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection:&nbsp;<em>The Action Storybook Bible&nbsp;</em>(coming October 2017). Pre-order&nbsp;<em>The Action Storybook Bible </em>from <a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Action-Storybook-Bible-Interactive-Redemptive/dp/0781414202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1501795495&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=action+storybook+bible”><strong>Amazon</strong></a&gt;, <a href=”https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-action-storybook-bible-catherine-devries/1125983575?ean=9780781414203&amp;st=PLA&amp;sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&amp;2sid=Google_&amp;sourceId=PLGoP67429″><strong>Barnes and Noble</strong></a>, or&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.christianbook.com/the-action-storybook-bible/catherine-devries/9780781414203/pd/414204?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&amp;en=google&amp;event=SHOP&amp;kw=preorder-0-20%7C414204&amp;p=1179710&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoIjl–i71QIVC41pCh1U8g-gEAQYASABEgIW7PD_BwE”><strong>ChristianBook.com</strong></a>&nbsp;to reserve your copy today. <strong>Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).</strong>

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<a href=”http://www.theactionbible.com/superherokids/&#8221; rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>The giveaway</a> is open until&nbsp;<span data-term=”goog_1598840949″>September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST</span>.&nbsp; Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

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<h3>{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}</h3>

<strong>Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!</strong>

<em>The Action Storybook Bible</em> invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of <em>The Action Bible</em>, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action!

Interactive features include:

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<li>Fifteen key episodes from God’s Word—each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.</li>

<li>Short and easy readings—for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.</li>

<li>Life, Faith, Action! features—conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.</li>

<li>Hall of Fame visual index—the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.</li>

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<strong><a href=”http://www.theactionbible.com/superherokids/”>Learn more and purchase a copy here.</a></strong>

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Posted in Fiction, FUN STUFF, GIVEAWAYS

Of Stillness and Storm


“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
MY THOUGHTS:

The synopsis first intrigued me when I decided to request a copy of this book for my blog. The more I read, the more I couldn’t stop reading. There’s just something about the unraveling of lives in fiction that captures our attention and holds it. As I learned more about the characters and began to see the story unfold, it saddened me. It reminded me of people I know and stories I’ve heard. There was a realness and a rawness to this story. It was easy to see the red flags and mistakes Lauren was making as she stumbled off the right path and it reminded me of how hard it is to see those flags in my own life. This book would make a great book club selection. It will have you thinking about the characters long after the story has ended. 

GET YOUR COPY HERE 


Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.

Posted in FUN STUFF, GIVEAWAYS, Non-fiction

Pray A to Z Giveaway!


A to Z: Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy, November 2016)

Change the world one prayer at a time.

How would our community change if instead of absently saying, “I’ll pray for you,” we actually did pray–deeply, intensely, and purposefully?

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.

With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.

Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is a great resource for prayer. I love that Amelia covers so many various topics in this books in ways that are unique and creative. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray or what to say…this simple guide will help you take your prayers and make them more specific, plus allow you the resource you need to truly transform your prayer time. If you are looking for a fun, creative source for making over your prayer life…look no further. Get your copy now!
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grand prize winner will receive:

✔️ A copy of Pray A to Z

✔️ A set of Pray A to Z prayer cards

✔️ A custom wood sign made by Amelia’s friend

✔️ A prayer journal

Enter today by clicking the icon above, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’s blog.

Amelia Rhodes is a speaker and author of “Isn’t It Time for a Coffee Break: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World.” Amelia’s writing has also been featured in four “Chicken Soup for the Soul” titles, devotionals for the OneHope blog Undeterred and the international devotional “Upper Room.” Amelia has a growing speaking ministry and speaks regularly to women’s groups on topics of spiritual growth, friendship, and community, offering practical tools for living our faith in the everyday. She lives in Lowell, Michigan.

Posted in FUN STUFF, Non-fiction

Scripture Doodle: God’s Promises

Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God’s promises and faithfulness to His children.

ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God’s Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.
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MY THOUGHTS:

Adult coloring books are super popular right now and I love the ones with a Biblical influence. With so many choice out there, it’s hard to decide which one is the best….well look no further. April has done a fabulous job putting together a product that is fun, beautiful and faith-filled. I love that April guides you step by step in learning the doodle process…it’s like she’s right there to show you the way. The included devotionals are inspiring and will get you digging into God’s Word like never before. Don’t miss the fun!!! Get your copy today….and go ahead and grab a few more copies for your close friends, because once they see yours- they’re going to want their own!

April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight’s work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.
GET YOUR COPY HERE

Posted in FUN STUFF, Non-fiction

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood

Do you ever wish mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe to follow? Take a spiritual and creative breather from motherhood and invest ten minutes daily into the devotions found in Sarah Humphrey’s 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood. In addition to the devotions, the beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

—Self-acceptance

—Self-care

—Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations

—Generosity

—Presence

—Forgiveness

In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

My Review:

40 Days of Joyful Motherhood is such a fun, creative, relaxing devotional! It is unlike any devotional I’ve experienced, (and I’ve done a lot!)  I loved the beautiful drawings that were fun to color. But don’t think that the author has skimmed on the devotional part. These devotions will speak straight to moms heart…nourishing, refreshing, encouraging and challenging. I absolutely love this devotional! Each day is numbered and begins with a Scripture and ends with a smile prayer. Each day comes with a corresponding color sheet, and some of these are interactive. If you’re a mom who enjoys the new adult coloring books and wants to grow closer to the Lord, 40 Days of Joyful Motherhood is a must!

Get Your Copy Here

Often considered a dreamer and silly heart, Sarah Humphrey uses inspiration from her most beloved career, motherhood, to fuel her passion for writing, creative movement and teaching. She has and is authoring several books and children’s books. Sarah currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three beautiful, bouncy kids.

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Wonderland


Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative adult coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. 
Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.

EXCERPT:

Do you know Alice’s story? 

Do you draw pictures in your head while reading? 

Strange conversations with a strange cast . . . has the story been transformed? 

If you too jumped down the rabbit hole, who would you meet? 

What colors would you encounter? 

Take up your colored pencils, and together let’s make a book. 

Read with your colored pencils, and give Alice a new adventure.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AMILY SHEN is a renowned Taiwanese artist. She had worked as a custom and shoe designer and is now a full-time illustrator and art instructor. She has published three bestselling drawing books. WONDERLAND is her first adult coloring book.
MY REVIEW:

These adult coloring books are so popular right now and one of my favorites is Wonderland. Not only am I a fan of the original classic, but all of the newest movie versions as well. I LOVE what Amily Shen has put together in the new rendition of the artwork of Alice in Wonderland. These illustrations are whimsical, fun and simply beautiful! I love the attention to detail and the many quotes throughout the book. This book is a must-have for any fan!
GET YOUR COPY HERE

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Greater 

Hey y’all!! I’m so excited to be part of a promotion team for the new movie GREATER!

This movie is ALL about believing in yourself, following your dreams and working hard to achieve your goals.

This year I am so excited to be working as an Aide in the local high school. Part of my job is helping students with their school work and a personal goal I have is to motivate and encourage my students that they can do anything- if they work hard and believe in themselves. 

Check out the movie trailer below 

GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible. GREATER releases in theaters this August 26.

Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team. He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates. Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice. He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off. Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts.