Thursday, October 30, 2014

Iesodo Joy DVD review

ABOUT IESODO JOY
JOY DVD SYNOPSIS   (Yay-Sa-Doe) is a wise white dove whose name means “The Way of Jesus.” He and his feathered friends bring your favorite New Testament stories to life in a whole new way including this special re-imagining of the Nativity story. Let your heart take flight and tweet along to holiday carols and all-new songs!
Festivities are in full swing as the flock prepares to celebrate Iesodo's birthday! The Cypress Tree is decked out with holly berries and excitement is in the air. Everyone gathers as Rocky shares the incredible story of Iesodo's birth.

FULL SERIES: Iesodo (YAY-sa-doe) is a wise white dove whose name means "The Way of Jesus". He and his feathered friends bring your favorite New Testament stories to life in a whole new way.   Iesodo (pronounced Yay-Sa-Doe) and his friends live in the Holy Land, in a beautiful Cypress Tree on the shores of a vast Lake (or as we know it, the Sea of Galilee). These birds are an unlikely group of friends, and though they have their differences, they have one thing in common: since they met Iesodo, their lives have never been the same. Now they’re out to spread his message of hope to the entire bird world!


About Capitol Christian Distribution Capitol Christian Distribution is the market leader in Christian and Gospel music distribution, and also represents a diverse range of chart topping Christian films and books, reaching the US Christian specialty and general retail marketplace and physical and digital retailers in more than 50 countries around the world.    Since 1994, Capitol Christian has had more charting titles annually on Billboard's Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine's Top Christian Music Distributor 15 times in the last 18 years.


Zaya Toonz, the animation company behind Iesodo, assembled a collaboration of animation experts with experience in both the children’s and Christian markets.  Directors for the series include Brian E. Ray whose credits consist of “Muppet Babies,” “My Little Pony Tales” and “Ed, Ed, and Eddy,” as well as Colin Brady, whose credits include “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2” and “A Bug's Life.” Brady also served as the former animation supervisor for Pixar Animation Studios. Producer Eric S. Rollman, President of Rollman Entertainment, formerly served as President of Production for Fox Kids and Marvel, and writer/producer Rob Loos is an Emmy Nominee and writer/producer for “McGee and Me,” “Christmas Lamb,” “Kids 10 Commandments” and “Touched by an Angel.” The “Iesodo” series also features the voice of Erin Bethea (“Fireproof,” “Amazing Love”) as Maggie.
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MY REVIEW
   Iesodo’s Joy is a Christmas story. It tells of the birth of Iesodo and follows along with the Bible account with a way that will speak to children. Iesodo and the other friend birds of his are kind and gentle, full of love and compassion. The mean birds are really neat and play the part so well.
  This DVD Iesodo Joy will keep your children/grandchildren/friends on the edge of their seats and they will want to watch it over and over. I really enjoyed this episode and so will you and your family. This will make such a wonderful Christmas gift and one that keeps giving. Highly recommended.

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Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black*A Review*

ABOUT CLOAK OF THE LIGHT

Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark
What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?
Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.
As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?
With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Wars of the Realm (Book 1)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1601425023
ISBN-13: 978-1601425027
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chuck Black is the author of nine novels including the popular Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arrethtrae series. He spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as a communications engineer and an F-16 fighter pilot. Today, Chuck is a product design engineer and has invented or coinvented eleven patented construction products now being sold internationally. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. The Blacks take their family music ministry on the road, singing Christian gospel, contemporary, and traditional songs. Chuck and his family live in North Dakota.

MY REVIEW
  Wow, wow, wow is all I can say for this fantastic book. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait until book 2 comes out.
  Drew is a very interesting character that so many bad, sad things happen to him. He is dealt so many bad blows in life that some people would have given up.
   Drew and his friend Ben who is a genius. They do an experiment together and tragedy strikes again. Drew is blind, but regains his sight, but oh what kind of sight. It is amazing and a little creepy.
  Drew also likes a girl Sydney who is talked about as a church chick. She doesn’t date Drew because he’s not a Christian, but through the book remains his friend.
  You will read about dark invaders/light invaders and many more mysteries in the unseen world. Truly an eye-opening book that will have you thinking more and wanting to do more to help our fellow humans. I loved this book and know you will also. This book is called a young adult book, but I think it is great for all ages from young adult upward. Truly a 5-star book. Highly recommended.

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Thanks to WaterBrookMultnomah for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deceived by Irene Hannon A Review

ABOUT DECEIVED
For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

Series: Private Justice (Book 3)
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Revell (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080072125X
ISBN-13: 978-0800721251
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website, www.irenehannon.com




MY REVIEW
  I just loved reading Deceived by Irene Hannon. It is a fascinating book that is full of adventure and suspense. From the very first page to the last I was spell bound.
  I love the character Kate and the love she had for her family that she lost and the great length she goes to see if what really happened on the fateful day her husband and son died. She is a strong, determined woman.
  Also Connor the private investigator is also very unwavering in finding the truth. It is very interesting to find out the many steps they had to take to find out if the mystery child is really her son or not.
  Deceived is a very emotional story that will grab you and you will hang on  for the ride.
   Find out in this book if Kate finds what she is looking for. What Connor’s personal life was like before and how they work together in one of the most important cases of all.
  I highly recommend this wonderful book. Very much a book that you will love to read again and again.

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I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Monday, October 20, 2014

Recollection-7 Hours series by Tom Pawlik A Review

ABOUT RECOLLECTION
In each installment of 7 Hours, a character is visited by the enigmatic Thomas Constant, who makes a heart-stopping statement: “You are about to die. But you may choose from one of three options: Live seven more hours, travel back in time and relive seven hours, or accept the inevitable and die now.”

New York City cabdriver Adrian Colfax awakens one night muttering a mysterious string of numbers and with the fragments of a bizarre dream in his head. He can’t shake the feeling there’s something he’s supposed to do. Something very important. He just can’t remember what it is.

Through a series of haunting visions, Adrian comes to believe he's been transported back in time to prevent the violent murder of the girl he loved. But he also learns that saving Kate could result in something even more catastrophic.

The clock is ticking. What will you do with the time you have left?

File Size: 279 KB
Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 27, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B007TWL4L6


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tom is the highly imaginative Christy Award-winning author of "Vanish", "Valley of the Shadow", "Beckon", "The Way Back", and the novella "Recollection" from the "7 Hours" anthology. His unique brand of suspense thrillers will grab you from the first page and won't let go until the last.

Tom's fascination with the weird, the creepy and the unknown began at a very early age when he was introduced to a bizarre 19th century German story book called "Der Struwwelpeter". The book was a collection of nightmarish morality tales by a German physician who obviously had too much time on his hands and no children of his own. The morbid nursery rhymes included the frightful "Daumenlutscher" (Thumbsucker), a disturbing yarn about a young boy who was warned that if he continued to suck his thumbs, the demented local tailor would chop them off with his sewing shears. You can guess the story's gruesome ending has scared many a child out of surreptitiously savoring their opposable digits over the years. Other tales warned against playing with matches and being overly messy. Needless to say Tom never played with matches, generally kept his room clean and to this day retains the use of both his thumbs.

But the psychological damage was already done, and Tom's warped imagination turned him to writing his own creepy stories at a rather young age. Alas, no publishers were brave enough to bring his stories to print, so Tom would not realize his life-long dream of becoming a published author until the ripe old age of 42. Today, Tom is happily married with six children of his own... who, oddly enough, never sucked their thumbs.

MY REVIEW
  Recollection by Tom Pawlik is a fantastic story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is in the 7 Hours series, a character is visited by Thomas Constant, who makes a heart-stopping statement: “You are about to die. But you may choose from one of three options: Live seven more hours, travel back in time and relive seven hours, or accept the inevitable and die now.”
  This is another book that I listened to as I ran on my treadmill. Very interesting. It tells of a cab driver and his girlfriend. How he went back in time to try to save her life.  It also shows how things are suppose to be and if they are changed how so many different things can happen and how life could be worse.
  I highly recommend this 5-star book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and know you will too. Full of suspense and heart-stopping action. Loved it.


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Abraham and Sarah ~Book Review~



ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH
A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.
Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars.
But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh's daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.
Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah's heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-0957-7
Published: February, 2014
Format: Paperback
Imprint: Moody Publishers
Page Count: 272
Weight: 0.65 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roberta Kells Dorr with her physician husband and five children served a medical missionary assignment in the Gaza Strip. For 17 years she studied and gained insights into ancient Israel. Dorr majored in creative writing and receiver her master’s in religious education.





MY REVIEW
  Abraham and Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr is quite a good book. Only two things I didn’t like or agree with. The first is in the beginning of the book when Abraham left Ur. In this book it said they left because of a war, but in the Bible they left because God told them to. Another part in this book I don’t agree with is how Sarah is so bitter, spoiled and hard to get along. I know she did have a few faults as we all do, but not to the extreme this book tries to make you believe.
  I enjoyed the characters and also thought the author made Hagar really likable. Which I don’t believe that was how she was. It made an interesting read.
   The countryside, cities and plains were described to utter perfection. Enjoyed that about this novel.
  Abraham and Sarah did have a depth to it that I enjoy in books and it was entertaining. I recommend this book. Very good.



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Thank you to Moody Publishers/River North for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Friday, October 17, 2014

Seasons of Grace Sweepstakes by Lauraine Snelling



In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling's new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.
In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson. He's devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam's attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.
To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story's romance, in your own home.

Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts October 14, 2014 and ends November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday November 4, 2014, and announced atlaurainesnelling.com.
 


GRAND PRIZE:
RED RIVER RAILWAY ADVENTURE
In To Everything A Season, new visitors, old friends, and important supplies are transported to town on these rails, and the arrival platform is a place of warm greetings and new beginnings.
Our Grand Prize winner will have the chance to experience some of the same warmth and excitement with an authentic taste of the golden age of railroad travel:
A $200 value Scenic Steam Train Ride for Two (Location and dates available nationwide and will be specific to the winner's state).
       


SECOND PRIZE:
DINNER DELIVERY FROM INGEBORG
In the story, the inventive Ingeborg Bjorklund is well-known for her cooking, bread baking, and cheese making, and now she's pondering another new idea to help her hometown: a delivery service!
Like the hard-working people in Blessing, many of our friends and family members carry heavy workloads and health burdens, and could use a helping hand and a comforting meal.
While we may not be able to deliver Ingeborg's cooking, our Second Prize winner will win the next best thing, to be used for themselves, or as a gift to brighten the day of a friend facing chemo, a military spouse, a lonely senior citizen, or other worthy recipient:
$175 meal delivery gift card for MagicKitchen.com - Provide a full Thanksgiving meal for 6, or an extended selection of meals for 1 or 2. Gluten free, low sodium, and dialysis-friendly meals available.
     


THIRD PRIZE:
STEAL AWAY DATE NIGHT PACK
The peaceful farming community of Blessing faces an unexpected threat when robbers target banks and businesses in towns nearby. As the town comes together to find a solution to the thieving problem, Ingeborg notices another kind of stealing going on: the new nurse in town, Miriam Hastings, has completely stolen the heart of her nephew, Trygve.
Soon Trygve and the dark-haired nurse with the sad eyes are regulars at the Blessing Soda Shop, sharing thoughts and dreams over Rebecca Valders' famous fizzy concoctions.
Our Third Prize winner can share their own thoughts and dreams, and enjoy a taste of Blessing's Soda Shop at home, with the Steal Away Date Night Pack.
This $100 value package includes: The UnGame Couples Edition, the Soda Stream Fountain Jet Home Soda Starter Kit, and the Homemade Soda Recipe Book.
         
How to Enter:
Go to http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/giveaways.html and complete the entry box, anytime between October 14 and November 3.

About the Book
Book Title: To Everything A Season – by Lauraine Snelling
ISBN:0764211048
Book Summary:
Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.
When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

Book Info & Sample Chapter:
Can be found at http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/songofblessing.html

ANOTHER FANTASTIC SWEEPSTAKES FROM LAURAINE SNELLING



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When Calls the Heart-Change of Heart DVD Review

ABOUT WHEN CALLS THE HEART-CHANGE OF HEART
Jack finally gets Elizabeth to agree to join him for a dinner date just as Elizabeth's young sister, JULIE THATCHER, arrives in Coal Valley, surprising Elizabeth. Julie is accompanied by Mountie PATRICK O'REILLY, the man who has been sent to inform Jack of his new posting, and become the new Constable of Coal Valley. Jack had already forgotten that he sent in a request to transfer the week he arrived in Coal Valley, and the news takes him by surprise. As Jack is making his way towards his new posting, he crosses paths with some fellow Mounties who are on the hunt for the infamous TOLLIVER GANG, who are currently scouring the countryside in an attempt to reunite with Nate. Meanwhile, Nate Tolliver is recovering at Abigail's and continues to charm Julie, claiming that he is going to abandon his life of crime for her. Abigail continues to aide Jack's investigation of the mine disaster by stealing a file from Gowen's office. Patrick visits Abigail's to offer her assistance in Nate's recovery, he instantly recognizes Nate and sends for reinforcements. Later that evening, Gowen discovers Abigail has stolen his file with damning evidence against him, and threatens Abigail saying that exposing him would also tarnish the memory of her late husband.

Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.
Studio: Word Distribution
ASIN: B00OAFBTLU
Hallmark Channel
Michael Landon JR.

MY REVIEW
  When Calls the Heart series is really an excellent group of movies. This one Change of Heart is the very best yet. I really enjoyed the actors and scenes. The story line was new and fresh.
  Julie’s sister comes to visit and brings trouble with her, just as she did back home.
  Jack and Elizabeth have become closer and have started a new deeper relationship.
  Julie finds someone to like/love, but is he who she thinks he is?
  Also Abigail finds evidence that could bring closure to many in Coal Valley.
  Watching this DVD Change of Heart will answer those and many more questions. Really a fantastic DVD that I highly recommend.


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