Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Preview Truth and Dare Devotionals - for girls!

Attention radio stations: Giveaways are available for interviews and on-air reviews! Email Audra to request your copies!


Thanks to everyone who took part in today's tour!

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B and B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Ann Margret Hovsepian is a published author, freelance writer and editor and amateur artist. She has published more than 210 articles for dozens of Canadian and U.S. print periodicals and has become a sought-after author of pre-teen girls’ devotional books. She has published Blossom: The Complete New Testament for Girls (Thomas Nelson, 2006) and The One Year Designer Genes Devo (Tyndale, 2007). She speaks at conferences and events and is actively involved on the board of Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Hovsepian resides in Montreal, Canada.

Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Is your pre-teen daughter ready for more—more excitement, more adventure, more joy? Then dare her to discover the secret to a life that sparkles for God. Show her she’s got what it takes to make an impact on the world. Ann Margret Hovsepian’s newest book, Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls, is designed for girls 9 to 12 and filled with powerful wisdom on everything from godly friendships to worshipping God.

It can be easy for young girls to neglect their Bible reading. Perhaps they feel Scripture doesn’t directly relate to them. Maybe they may lack encouragement or accountability, or they may just have too many distractions in their everyday lives. This lack of spiritual food can stunt girls’ spiritual growth and make them vulnerable to the temptations and ungodly influences around them. It can also prevent them from developing a love for Scripture early in life, making it even harder to get into God’s Word when they get older.

Truth and Dare encourages tween girls to discover how exciting God’s Word can be. They will see it make a difference in their daily lives and experience the blessings that come from doing it and not just hearing it. Daily challenges (dares) based on Scripture (truth) will provide opportunities for them to make their faith come alive as they learn to serve others, build character and make a difference.

Scripture will be transformed from something learned to something lived. Girls will delight in discovering how God’s Word can become real in whole new ways as they learn to apply it with each day’s dare. It ideally suits anyone looking to inspire a young girl to boldly live out her faith. So encourage the tween girl in your life to take the dare and discover the truth! It’s her time to shine as a girl who knows what it means to live a fierce and fearless life of faith.





Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434702081
ISBN-13: 978-1434702081

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER (To enlarge, click on the images):



























Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Preview Triple Dog Dare Devotionals - for boys!

Attention radio stations: Giveaway copies are available for interviews and on-air reviews! Email Audra to request yours!


Thanks to everyone who took part in today's tour!

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:

Jeremy Jones

and the book:

David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B and B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Jeremy V. Jones is an award-winning journalist who has served as senior associate editor of Breakaway magazine. He has authored several books, including Toward the Goal: The Kaka Story and The Keeper: The Tim Hoard Story. He also writes for magazines such as Clubhouse and Christianity Today. He resides with his wife and two children in Colorado.



SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Boys want action. They don’t want to sit around and talk—that’s for grown-ups and girls. They engage life and relationships by doing something: skateboarding, playing games or re-creating favorite movie scenes. So why should faith be any different? That’s why Jeremy V. Jones created Triple Dog Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Boys—to provide the action boys need in order to grow their faith.

The Bible is full of action. Remember how David slew Goliath, Daniel faced those lions, Paul survived a shipwreck and Jesus stood up for a woman about to be killed? God made boys to take His truth and do something with it, to man up and change the world. These action-packed devotions for boys ages 9 to 12 are filled with godly truth and bold spiritual challenges that transform time with God into the adventure of the day.

Triple Dog Dare connects God’s Word to boys’ hearts and hands with real-life scenarios and activities. Each day is filled with short Scriptures, concise biblical truth and a daily dare, all challenging them to put their faith into practice. Scripture readings from every book of the Bible open up the action-packed Word of God. Whether it’s drawing comic strips of biblical battles, dreaming up a life list of goals, making snack packs for the homeless or producing Bible-based movies, boys will go on daily dynamic experiences with God, taking faith off the page and setting it into motion. Themes cover the daily realities of pre-teen males, including bullying, peer pressure, girls, sibling rivalry, honesty and more.

These exciting devotions will inspire boys’ hearts toward godly characteristics such as integrity, generosity and kindness. Parents will appreciate watching Christ-like traits emerge as each dare is undertaken. It is a manual that will deepen boys’ friendships with Jesus as they look forward to spending time with Him every day. So if you know a boy who is up for the challenge, triple dog dare him!



Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0781404576
ISBN-13: 978-0781404570

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

How would you explain it?

Last weekend, my parents and I were trying to explain the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Paige. Not being a fan of them myself, there was some difficulty in explaining to Paige about turtles who were teenagers, mutants, and ninjas named after some of the most famous artists in history lived in a sewer and were super heroes.

At least that explanation may have made a little sense when Selena Gomez asked Kermit the Frog if he was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in The Muppets when we went to the movies today.

Of course, I kind of had to explain the whole Muppet thing too. Paige and Peyton didn't watch much Sesame Street when they were young, or at least didn't remember, so throw that in the mix too.

I had to explain how the Muppets really did have a TV show that came on regularly when I was young, and they also had movies too. I didn't try to explain the Muppet Babies cartoon I watched every Saturday morning as a child. At least I understood the Muppets reuniting as did the 70 year old couple in front of us.

I did enjoy it - I'm fickle about movies, and it was on my "wanna see" list. I think one of the best parts was Camilla and the chickens singing "Forget You." And why the girls couldn't just take "Mahna Mahnam" at face value, I'm not sure. I do know we sang that the whole way back to their house.

In true going to the movies with Paige and Peyton, I did have to name as many characters as possible all the way through.

What things from your generation have you had a hard time explaining to kids?

Here's the film trailer and some other videos to share.

 


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Why was Skeeter only in Muppet Babies? I don't remember her anywhere else.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dig out some more plates

About 48 hours ago, I thought it was just going to be me and my parents for Thanksgiving. Yesterday, when I got over to my parents' house to cook, I dug out three plates from the hutch and glasses we had not used in who knows when. My mom has several set of dishes that never get used.

When Dad talked to Brian last night, he confirmed that he and Julie were coming. We really weren't sure since Mom had mentioned to both of them without getting a commitment in return. So, I dug out two more plates.

This morning, while I was cooking and Mom and Dad were still looking over the paper or making fruit salad, my phone rings. Peyton asked where I was so that her mom could drop her and Paige off since they were coming back to their Dad's. So, I eagerly got to get out two more plates and put the leaf in the dining room table. I told the girls this story, and they got quite the kick out of it. I guess they are easily entertained like me.

What I thought was going to be a table for 3 was an energetic table for 7. That's reason enough to be thankful!

I need to get the picture of Peyton from my phone onto my computer so that I can post her silver Mickey Mouse ears that matched her sequined shirt today. (I found boots to match in the Target sales ad tonight.) They had a good time at Disney World for a day and a half this week, but did not get to see near all of it. Their Mom said I'd have to take them back (when can we go???). They rode Space Mountain like I told them too, and both said they almost barfed. I think they enjoyed it though - at least they said their mom did. They did do some of the other things I told them they must do at Magic Kingdom.

I think we'll get to go see The Muppets this weekend. At least, they informed their dad they were.

So, did anyone else have any Thanksgiving surprises?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I finally have some plans

So, picking up where I left on Saturday, when I headed out with Jenny... 

Actually, I'm typing part of this for a second time because My draft was not saving and I hit a command by accident that went back and I had nothing that I had been typing on. And now, I am even switching to my Blackberry because my computer really hates me now.

Everyone knows I don't get out nearly enough, so Jenny lined up meeting Courtney and Rakia at El Fenix in Mesquite for my birthday. El Fenix is kind of my birthday thing and has been for a while with different people. The four of us are an interesting mix. Sort of explained best when Rakia asked where the rest of us met each other.

I've know Jenny since I was in 5th grade and my family started going to the same church hers did. I met Courtney the first day of college in 8 AM American History class. Jenny and Courtney met the next year in band. Rakia and I worked together for a while. Jenny had moved away for a while during the time Rakia and I worked together, so they had not met until last summer.

This year, we all got together when I had four free Ranger tickets in July and called up everyone to see if they were available. That's when we decided to all go to Train/Maroon 5 in September.

As we ate our chips and salsa, everyone bonded over bad stories of online dating and how we are all pretty sure we're all destined to singleness. My dear, single, 33-35 year old friends.

When Jenny and Rakia each turned me down on my invitations to go to Branson, Rakia told me to forget Branson and go somewhere with her New Years. We had not decided what that would be though.

While we were sitting around at El Fenix, Jenny saw someone post on Facebook about Blake Shelton at the Winstar on December 30. I asked Rakia what she ended up deciding about NYE with another friend of hers, and we decided we could go to San Antonio, or hey, go to Winstar and spend a couple of days.

For those of you outside of this area, I guess I better explain that Winstar is a big casino in Oklahoma right over the Texas border. We decided to go ahead with that until Courtney started looking around and found that Maroon 5 is there the next night. So, the four of us are heading to Oklahoma on Friday, December 30 to spend a couple of days going to both concerts and living it up... whatever that means.

We're having to stay deeper into Oklahoma (for shame!) because everything nearby is already booked for that weekend. Who knew so many people wanted to go to Oklahoma for New Year's? It wouldn't have been my first choice, that's for sure. However, it's going to be a blast!

When I told my dad that I had made NYE plans, he was actually quite excited, especially since he is not going. Usually, he gets jealous if he doesn't get to do what I do as silly as it sounds. That was a near miracle.

I was telling my brother about this today, and I would not be surprised if he and my sister-in-law don't end up there for Blake Shelton themselves.

Last Saturday night, I also decided to have a Christmas party. In addition to our foursome, I've invited Rachel from church that I team teach with on Sundays and who went to Opening Day with me. Between the 5 of us, we'll still probably be getting together in 40 years talking about the desperate old men in the nursing home.

So, all this to say, I actually have some plans. I'm so excited! (It doesn't take much.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Preview the latest in the Fresh Life Bible Study Series

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card authors are:


and the books:

David C Cook (November 1, 2011)
David C Cook; 2 edition (November 1, 2011)

***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist,
The B and B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:



Lenya Heitzig is an award-winning author and popular Bible teacher. She and her husband founded Calvary Church of Albuquerque—one of the fastest-growing churches worldwide. She is the author of Holy Moments: Recognizing God’s Fingerprints on Your Life and also contributed to the best-selling New Women’s Devotional Bible. Heitzig serves as Executive Director of She Ministries of Albuquerque, overseeing weekly Bible studies and yearly retreats. She and her husband Skip live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Penny Rose is the award-winning author of numerous books. Penny thrives on teaching at conferences and retreats nationwide. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, Kerry, a pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque.

Visit the authors' website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The Fresh Life series was created for women who crave a profound experience of God’s Word without an overwhelming time commitment. Bible teachers Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose challenge readers to dig deep into Scripture by using a directed study method that only requires twenty minutes a day. With a fresh approach to studying Scripture that gives newcomers as well as seasoned students deep insight into God’s Word, the latest two additions in the series explore the life of Moses and the riches in the book of Ephesians.

Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses (Heitzig) is an engaging Bible study on the life of Moses. He was saved from death on the Nile and raised as an Egyptian prince. He met his wife at a Midianite well, witnessed the birth of a nation as the Red Sea parted and watched water gush from a rock with one touch of his rod. He died overlooking the Jordan River. Through viewing the water moments of Moses’ life, readers will be encouraged to consider the moments in their own lives that shape who they are and who they are becoming.

Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians (Heitzig and Rose) challenges readers to dig deep into the book of Ephesians to find the spiritual treasure God has for them. The book of Ephesians is God’s “last will and testament” that bequeaths his spiritual treasures to His beloved children. Covering topics such as living in God’s will and receiving peace no matter the circumstances, it reveals the magnitude of every Christian’s inheritance—a gift “exceedingly abundantly above” what you could ever ask for.

The Fresh Life series teaches readers to:
· Lift up...a prayer
· Look at…God’s Word (answering questions concerning what the passage says)
· Learn about…what the passage means (sidebars define words and profice background information)
· Live out…what they have learned (personalizing the text and learning how it can impact their daily life)
· Listen to…quotes from well-known figures to build on the truths uncovered in Scripture

Readers will develop a deeper intimacy with the Lord and walk away feeling inspired to move forward in their walks of faith. Live Abundantly and Live Reflectively continue the rich biblical tradition of the Fresh Life series. They offer wisdom that will leave readers encouraged in their present situations and hopeful for the spiritual journey ahead.

Product Details:

Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses

List Price: $17.99
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (November 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0781405939
ISBN-13: 978-0781405935

Product Details:

Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians

List Price: $17.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; 2 edition (November 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434703304
ISBN-13: 978-1434703309

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER
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Live Reflectively: Lessons from the Watershed Moments of Moses

































Live Abundantly: A Study in the Book of Ephesians