Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: A Spoonful of Grace by Annette Hubbell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info and giveaway free of charge,from iRead book tours, for blog posting/giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



Welcome to our spot on the A Spoonful of Grace blog tour!


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Synopsis:



Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.


A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal.

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids. Here's why:
  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
  • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners. 
  • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues. 
  • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability. 
  • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce. 
  • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.


Book Details:



Book Title: A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces

Category: Christian Living; 444 pages
Genre: Family devotional, Children's devotional
Publisher: Credo House Publishers
Release date: Feb 2017
Tour dates: Aug 7 to 25, 2017
Content Rating: G



Book Trailer:

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Endorsements for "A Spoonful of Grace":

The dining room table is a key place to connect with your children. It's time to put down the phones and pick up this book instead.” --Arlene Pellicane, speaker and author of “31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom”

"...beautiful, winsome and creative...will spark meaningful discussion and thoughtful reflection. This book will nourish both heart and mind.”--Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice-Chair, The NIV Committee on Bible Translation and University Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary


"Annette Hubbell has made this powerful family life rhythm and tradition SO MUCH EASIER! Give your family the gift that will last for generations to come—‘A Spoonful of Grace!’” --Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including best-selling “Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti,” “10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make”, and “A Couple’s Journey with God.”

"Wonderfully composed and chock-full of wit and wisdom. I wish I’d had this book when my husband and I were raising our four children.” --Susan Meissner, Award-winning author of “Secrets of a Charmed Life”




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About the Author:




Annette Hubbell earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, her M.B.A. from Cal State University in San Marcos, and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has been featured in over 160 performances, and starred in the DVD, “Witness to Gettysburg” edited by 33-time Emmy Award winner, Robert Gardner. She was awarded Presenter of the Year twice at the Civil War Round Table of San Diego, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Hubbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband of 33 years, Monte. They have a daughter, Amy. She and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.AnnetteHubbell.com or www.SpoonfulOfGrace.com.

Connect with the Author: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Youtube


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Giveaway:

One winner will receive a print copy of A Spoonful of Grace.
Open to USA only.
Ends Sept 2.



Children's Book Review and Giveaway: God's Crime Scene for Kids by J Warner Wallace

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge,from Litfuse, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

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With Back to School here for most of us, you may be looking at a way to sneak in some bible study, or looking for a different bible curriculum already, as your kids are bored, especially for older elementary kids.

I have JUST the book for you!


Give kids the tools to investigate the evidence of God in His creation!


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Synopsis:

In this companion to Cold-CaseChristianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.


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Review:

This is more than JUST a  bible study book for kids!  this easy reader chapter book, reads like a comic book, BUT what it is teaching kids is to not only realize how much they already know about Hod, but how they can justify his existence to others! At the older elementary age, when they start questioning, this is the perfect time for this book! By using a 'crime scene' concept, J Warner lets kids discuss and formulate their own theories, in a way that they can easily understand!

PLUS, there is an online component that goes along with the book, that helps both kids and their teachers/parents!


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Before you start reading, I would suggest that you download all the adult guides, which can be found on the Crime Scene website, by each chapter, then download the activity sheets and notebook sheets, so that kids have them ready, as they are reading, for jotting down any applicable notes (as you can see below). Then when they finish reading the chapter, have your child go back online and view the video from J Warner, as his videos point out key information from the chapter, and offers valuable explanations and further examples, to make sure they are understanding each chapter's points.

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This is actually the 2nd book in the J Warner's series for kids, the first being Cold Case Christianity for Kids (which we've previously reviewed), and a 3rd book, Forensic Faith will be coming out probably next year.

Miss Grace really liked the 1st book in the series, so i know she'll love working on this one too! I will probably use it in the Spring, after we finish the one we're on now. I love that it not only gets kids reading, but has them reading their bibles, and seeing how they CAN substantiate the case for God! if you home school, you not only are covering Bible, but also Reading, Writing AND Critical thinking! you have to love a book that does all that! If you have kids who hate bible study, this just might be the book to get them back to loving it! We highly recommend it!


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Giveaway:

God's Crime Scene for Kids

Just click the box above to enter to win!


One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of God’s Crime Scene for Kids
- A Kindle Fire so your kids can visit the Cold-Case Christianity for Kids website and start their journey in the Case Makers Academy
-A kid-proof, protective Kindle Fire case (your kids’ choice of color)
Enter today by clicking the icon above, but hurry! 
The giveaway ends on August 31!!

About the Author:

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on
Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Movie Monday: Unleashed Will Unleash Your Heartstrings! (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this screener free of charge,from level 33 Entertainment, or review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

 This new hilarious new comedy, with a huge heart. comes out Friday!

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Synopsis:

Unleashed is the story of Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco, after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. 

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One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.

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Directed by Finn Taylor, and starring Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie), Justin Chatwin (1 Night, Shameless),  Steven Howey (Bride Wars, Shameless)Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect), Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Goodfellas), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), and Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies).

Check out the Trailer:




MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER!
WINNER Audience Award U.S. Cinema IndieMill Valley Film Festival, HONORABLE MENTIONNapa Valley Film Festival, WINNER 2nd Place Audience Award Favorite Narrative FeatureSonoma International Film Festival, WINNER Audience Award Best Narrative FeatureSouthSide Film Festival, WINNER Best Feature FilmSBE’s Hamilton International Film Festival, WINNER Audience Award Best Feature NarrativeLong Beach International Film Festival

Review:

This movie is rated TV 14, and even though there are some nude scenes, they are quick (when the animals change), and you don't see anything more than a butt, as far as obscenity goes, so it's easy to cover the younger kids' eyes. The story is a cute one, and if you ever wondered what your pets are thinking, this movie tries to give you that experience. Justin Chatwit pretty much steals the ENTIRE movie with his protayal of a cat come to life. He has all the moves perfect, attitude included. While the movie is a mite bit predictable, it's much more charming than most of what your kids are being fed on 'teen channels', and it might just bring together some family discussion over not overlooking what is right in front of you!, and learning to stand up for yoruself (and  make lots of backups, LOL). It's a charming movie and a fun one to take the teens too!

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Giveaway:

One lucky BTHM reader will get to watch this movie at home too,
via an online screener or digital codes  (company's choice)


ABOUT TETHERGROUP & LEVEL 33 ENTERTAINMENT:

Continuing our efforts where we left off with “1 Night” and “Urban Hymn” – We are working with Level 33 to create an insiders viewing group that will receive early screeners for review and posting consideration. On upcoming films throughout 2017 you can expect early screeners, exclusive content and more!

How to Have GREAT After School Snacks on the Go!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge,from Brilliant PRM and 3D Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them, all opinions are my own.

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With Back to School upon us, some of you are still hunting for the best lunch box holders for both healthy snacks and healthy water. Others know they need new products for after school activity snacks and hydration!

Today I have not 1, but 2 new products for you to check out"


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This cool looking box is a revelation in the snack box aisle!

 Precidio Design has you covered, no matter what your snacks are! With their innovative Snack in the Box , you can have all your child’s  snack favorites ready and waiting for whatever adventure you decide to take – or not take. The best part is you can double up on one snack, or have two on each side thanks to their convenient Tritan chambers! Easy to pour and carry, it is also BPA and Phthalate Free! And thanks to it's durable design, it's also dishwasher safe!

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We found the box super handy for snacks for BEFORE dance class, and AFTER! She had her healthy cereal for before, and popcorn for after. It held JUST the right amount to fill her up and take the edge off! She LOVES the flip top design, that can be opened singly, or both sides at once. It is super easy to clean too, just pull the top off and put both pieced in the dishwaster! It also comes in five fun colors (Blue, Pink ,Orange, Green, and Purple), so you can color match all the kids!

And if you have snacls, you need hydration!


ion8 water bottles are great for kids of all ages.  They are are 100% leak proof, easy to use with one hand and dishwasher safe! Plus they are suitable for HOT and COLD liquids (14 – 200 degree Fahrenheit!), so you can use them no matter what the weather!


But what REALLY sold us on this bottle is it's ONE handed use! They is a lock on the open button, that can be flipped down with ONE finger, then you push the button and you up pops the lod, giving you instand access to the fast slow opening. Which means your kids get hydrated QUICKER. plus that means no weird drinking nozzles to clean, or get icky. And I know you LOVE that!

Plus it's soft touch surface allows you to have an effortless grip, and the attached small carry strap, means you can grab and go VERY easily! It also has an outside water reading, so you ca see how much water your kids are drinking (holds just over 11 1/2 oz)! The junior bottle comes in 4 colors, and fots easily in lunch boxes and purses! While Miss Grace loves this water bottle, I'm inclined to steal it back from her, as it's perfect for me for work! So it's probably a good thing that it comes in a 20 oz version too, as she wants that one for dance class! 


So if you're looking for snack items for your kids, but need them to be for slightly older kids too, check out these great new products!

You'll love them as much as we do!

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