Sunday, July 26, 2015

When Calls the Heart-Heart and Soul DVD Review

WHEN CALLS THE HEART-HEART AND SOUL
Further complicating their new romance, Jack and Elizabeth must part company so that Jack can return to Hope Valley and his duties as a Mountie. Elizabeth, however, remains in Hamilton, where she finds herself tending to her family and spending time with the handsome Charles Kensington. Meanwhile, back in Hope Valley, Rosemary has been offered a role in a play in San Francisco and makes preparations to leave with her two producers. When Jack learns that the "producers", have taken Rosemary in the opposite direction, for New York, he races after them to rescue her… a gamble that ends up being the talk of the town when they spend a night together

Actors: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing
Directors: Neill Fearnley
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2015
Run Time: 88 minutes

MY REVIEW
  Another When Calls the Heart is out on DVD. This one is called Heart and Soul. If you’ve never watched these movies on the Hallmark channel or seen any of the former DVDs now would be an excellent time to start.  These shows are inspired by the author Janette Oke. Whom we all love.
  In Heart and Soul while Jack and Elizabeth are away from each other many things happen. Elizabeth is staying with her family until her mother gets better and Jack has to get back to Hope Valley for his Mountie duties.
  Elizabeth reacquaints herself with her old friend Charles and Jack looks out for Rosemary as she is kidnapped by so called Producers.
  Also the part I really liked is when Abigail goes to Elizabeth’s home to try and find her daughter-in-law.  Abigail wonders why she hasn’t written or why she wouldn’t stay with her. Many secrets and relationships are changing and not all in a positive way. I really love the When Calls the Heart series and Heart and Soul is fantastic.  Highly recommend this series. You will love owning these DVDs.

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Uncommon DVD

ABOUT UNCOMMON

What do we really know about religious liberties in public schools? Can students pray? Can they have a bible study? Can they mention God or even wear a Christian themed t-shirt? The prayer in public school debate has caused a firestorm in the past; but with this film Liberty Counsel hopes to set the record straight.

Those who seek to indoctrinate our kids with the message that God is irrelevant and truth is subjective have had a monopoly for too long in our schools because the Supreme Court fabricated the idea that there is a wall of separation between church and state.

When the students of Rosewood High School lose their theater, music and dance departments due to budgets cuts, they create their own. Struggling to find the right script, music & choreography the students get advice from an uncommon source; the Bible! Each student becomes uniquely influenced as they discover that God takes them personally. Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production by exploring the diversity of parables taught in the Bible.

Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens fight against political correctness to defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform.

Will months of constant bullying by the establishment defeat the production and dismantle their faith?

Armed with expert legal counsel and unexpected help from Christian music’s finest, these teens realize what it means to be…UNCOMMON!

Jason Campbell Films

FACTS ABOUT THE FILMING OF UNCOMMON
The film stars Erik Estrada. Estrada is best known for his leading role in the television series ChiP’s.  Estrada plays the role of a heroic high school janitor that volunteers to help the students salvage their drama and music programs.

Estrada stared with Pat Boone in the first Christian film ever widely produced The Cross and the Switchblade in 1970.

Estrada will attend over 200 church screenings across America in order to show this film to help better educate church leaders, parents and teens on religious liberties in public education.

The film features famed Christian musician and 2012 Dove Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Grammy Award Winner Jason Crabb.

The lead teenage role was played by actor Ben Davies; from the Christian blockbuster film Courageous.  Davies was just recently voted in the top-ten of Christian actors. 

The film stars Irma P. Hall who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films A Family Thing, Soul Food and The Ladykillers.

The film was created by Liberty Counsel; Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

Thomas Road Baptist Church, Pastored by Jonathon Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia was the host church for the film. 

The subject matter relating to this film is timely, desirable and portrayed appropriately and suitably for teens and pre-teen age children. 

Special music was developed for the film including several hip-hop and Latino-style music compositions.  Estrada states, “Uncommon will be a great tool to equip young people with the truth. It's a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and get up and dance!”

Uncommon will provide parent and youth video study curricula with powerful resources to help educate schools, families and communities on the subject of school prayer and religious liberties.

The film used a total of 334 volunteers and was shot over a period of 30 days, and five months of post-production.

The film Uncommon has been made into an actual theatrical production available for FREE to students to perform in their church, school or community center.  Erik Estrada has agreed to be in attendance for the first 10 scheduled performances. 

MY REVIEW
  Uncommon starring Ben Davies, Erik Estrada, Jason Crabb and Courtney Buck is a very good DVD. It lets us know that being a Christian doesn’t mean that we don’t have rights. A story of love, faith, loss and friends, but most of all that God is with us through it all.
  Uncommon starts out with Aaron losing his brother in a school shooting and moving to a different school. He then reads some of his brothers writing and learns his brother wanted to help him draw closer to God and Chris (Aaron’s brother) wanted to make a difference in school. So Aaron wants to fulfill his brothers wishes. Aaron then starts a Bible study at school and with the help of the janitor he helps a group of drama students put a play together. Aaron is Ben Davies who starred in Courageous and the janitor is Erik Estrada who starred in the hit T.V. series Chips. You will find other amazing facts about the DVD in the above section.
  I like this movie for the theme and for the acting of Ben Davies, Erik Estrada and Irma P. Hall. Some of the other actors/actresses weren’t that great. I love the way Liberty Counsel  shows that we all have rights and being a Christian and an American gives us certain rights also.
 Very good DVD. When it comes out this will be an excellent DVD to add to your collection or to your church library. Recommended.

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http://www.uncommonfilm.com/

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Kim Kimberling, PHD A Review A MUST BUY!


ABOUT 7 SECRETS TO AN AWESOME MARRIAGE
All of us want an enduring marriage, a beautiful marriage we can believe in. That kind of marriage happens through intimacy. Intimacy requires hard work and a guide. Dr. Kim Kimberling is that guide and this book and its tools will show you how communication and intimacy in marriage can be yours.


Kimberling offers insights like connecting every day in spite of what’s in the way, learning how to fight in the right ways, stopping the insanity of doing the same thing over and over even when it isn’t working, and finding that the best sex ever is well within the context of Christian marriages.


Once these 7 secrets are a part of your marriage, you can stand together and fight anything that would ever try to tear your marriage apart.


Whether you have just celebrated your first anniversary or your fiftieth, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling is for you.  If you have a good marriage, this book can help you have a great marriage.  If you are struggling, Kim Kimberling will help you turn the corner and make your marriage into what you want it to be.

File Size: 700 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310342279
Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
Publisher: Zondervan (July 28, 2015)
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Language: English
ASIN: B00P5W5G6G


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Kimberling has been a professional counselor for over thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. and Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry and Theological Studies. He is the president and co-founder of Family Christian Counseling in Oklahoma City. Dr. Kimberling is passionate about helping equip couples for marriage.  He is the founder and leader of the Awesome Marriage Movement connecting people globally who want to have awesome marriages. He is also a professional Christian life coach and loves helping people close the gap between where they are and the life God has for them. Dr. Kimberling has been married to his wife Nancy for over forty years and they have two grown married children and five incredible grandchildren.

MY REVIEW
  7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling is such a wonderful book on how to keep your marriage from failing. He gives you 7 different things to do that aren’t hard or way out there, but very practial and very effective to keep you marriage alive the way God wants it to be.
  This marriage book closely  follows how God wants our marriages to be.
  I was very amazed and helped with things that are simple, but very relative to a relationship.
  Without God’s help and you putting Him first and following certain guidelines your marriage will fail or be just a relationship of two people living together.
  I’m so taken with this book and these guidelines that I’m buying copies for all of my children. It is an AWESOME book. This is my favorite book of the year. I highly recommend it. A must have for all marriages.
 

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Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. A Review


ABOUT FATAL TRAUMA
The gunman had nothing to lose, and therefore, the lives of everyone in the emergency room were at risk. Dr. Mark Baker and nurse Kelly Atkinson were on duty during the standoff, but despite their efforts, at the end of the evening, three men were dead—one police officer and two members of the feared Zeta drug cartel. But the killing is not over, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Mark’s life continues to be in danger, but to make matters worse he finds he is under suspicion as a killer! He turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, while Kelly helplessly looks on, hiding her feelings for the good doctor. The characters in Fatal Trauma face life and death situations that cause them to question their faith, their priorities, and the meaning of their lives, while learning that God can use everyone— even people who’ve failed—because doesn’t that include all of us?

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press; 1 edition (May 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1630881163
ISBN-13: 978-1630881160
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm a retired physician, who got into non-medical writing after the death of my first wife with my book, THE TENDER SCAR: LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE. I'm gratified that it continues to help those who have lost a loved one.

From that point, I moved into writing fiction. Thus far I've had seven novels of medical suspense published: CODE BLUE, MEDICAL ERROR, DIAGNOSIS DEATH, and LETHAL REMEDY were the first four. The second and third books listed were named finalists for the ACFW Carol Award and Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel respectively, and LETHAL REMEDY won the Selah Award.

Then came STRESS TEST (also a finalist for Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel). My next book, released in October, 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers, was HEART FAILURE. The most recent is CRITICAL CONDITION, which was released in April, 2014.

I'm pleased to announce that FATAL TRAUMA will be published on May 19 of this year, with more to follow. Further, I've just self-published a Christian fiction novella, RX MURDER, which is currently available for Kindle.

I am a past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a proud member of the International Thriller Writers and the International Crime Writers Association.

When I'm not writing, I'm busy being a husband and grandfather, working on my golf game, and doing the hundred-and-one other things that retired people do. I'm busier now than I ever was while in practice--and loving it

MY REVIEW
  One of my favorite genres is Medical Mystery and Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. is just that. He did such an excellent job with Fatal Trauma that it is extremely interesting to read.
  This book has it all drug cartel, malpractice lawsuits, murder accusation with just enough of romance to make it one of the best books I have read.
 Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson were out a few times and had an enjoyable time, but neither of them were serious until they were in a hostage/threatening situation. After they went through that they found out how much they cared for each other.
  Mix that up with murder and mayhem and you are sure to have a very interesting book.
  I was very surprised at the ending and thought it ended just right.
  I highly recommend Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. and any of his other books. Fantastic author.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble A Review

ABOUT THE INN AT OCEAN'S EDGE

Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.

But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

File Size: 1457 KB
Print Length: 334 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718031229
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 14, 2015)
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Language: English
ASIN: B00PWOHBGU

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

MY REVIEW
 I haven’t read any books by Colleen Coble for awhile and had forgotten what an excellent author she is. Reading one of her books will keep you reading late into the night and on the edge of your seat.
  I just finished The Inn at Ocean's Edge and all I can say is WOW, what a great story.
 I love the characters, story line and every single thing about it. Just when I think I have the story figured out Colleen throws up another road block. She is an amazing author.
  Claire and Luke are so very different, but also so very much alike. They meet quite by chance and the things that link them together are remarkable. His mother was killed and they think Claire was there and witnessed it when she was only 4. She doesn’t remember anything, but that was 20 some years ago.
Will Claire remember, will Luke keep his distance, because he isn’t in the same class as Claire? Will they find the killer who is after Claire now before he succeeds?
  Love this book and give it 5-stars plus more if I could. Highly recommended book. A must read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program/BookLook. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express are my own. This is true of any book I review for any publisher or author; I will not review books where a positive review is required and I will always express my own opinions of each book received and read.

The Matchmaker by Sarah Price A Review

ABOUT THE MATCHMAKER
When Emma's interference in her friends' lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for?

Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing matchmaker with her Amish friends.  Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about interfering in people's lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up Paul, the son of the Amish bishop, with her friend Hannah.

But when Paul misinterprets Emma's attention, believing she has feelings for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and shows up at her house for Friday evening visits.  As she tries to repair the damage that's been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she finds herself in trouble with the community.  Will she learn her lesson and stop meddling in the affairs of others?  Will she find a love of her own?

Series: The Amish Classics (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (February 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629980048
ISBN-13: 978-1629980041
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 1969, Sarah Price was born in Pennsylvania and lived on the land of her ancestors, Johannes Preiss and "King Tammany", otherwise known as Tamanend, a chief of the Lenni Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley.
In the early 1970s, her family moved to Morristown, New Jersey where she still resides with her husband, two children, and assortment of animals.
Ms. Price has advanced degrees in Communication (MA), Marketing (MBA), and Educational Leadership (A.B.D.).
Ms. Price was a former full-time college professor. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she now writes full-time.

MY REVIEW
  I did not like The Matchmaker by Sarah Price at all. It’s the retelling of Emma by Jane Austen. I have watched the real Emma many times and love it, but the retelling in an Amish setting just doesn’t work.
  For one thing the Amish wouldn’t be prideful and trying to get their way the way Emma does in this story. The characters and story line were not well done. It was a book that was really lacking in many areas.
  I really don’t like the retelling of classics because it doesn’t show any talent of the author. All they have to do is copy the story and put in a few words of their own. They don’t figure out the plot or story line at all. It has already been done.
  So I do not recommend this book. I haven’t read any other books by Sarah Price and may not.

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Thank you to Booketeria 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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Catching Faith DVD Review

ABOUT CATCHING FAITH
John and Alexa Taylor appear to have the perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and his bright future are on the line. With the football season at stake and the judgmental community turning their backs on them, every member of the Taylor family is at a crossroads. Now, they must find the strength from one another, and the spiritual courage from within, to prove that faith and family is the only score that really matters.

Actors: Lorena Segura York, Garrett Westton, Bill Engvall, Bethany Peterson, Dariush A. Moslemi
Directors: John K.D. Graham
Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Unrated
Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2015
Run Time: 88 minutes
ASIN: B00WY8IVAW

MY REVIEW
  Catching Faith tells a story of a perfect family or so it seems. Everything is going so good for them, but then everything breaks lose and they find out how strong their faith really is.
   What do you do when you child is caught drinking and is the star on the football team, your daughter is a straight A student and is so pressured she thinks of cheating on a final exam? Will you let it slid or do you bring it to the front? This DVD shows how having faith and doing what the Lord wants us to do is not always easy. You can either go the way of the crowd or do as Jesus wants us to do.
  Really enjoyed this DVD because it lets us know that life isn’t always easy. We all have trials and temptations. No one is perfect.
  A good DVD to show us how we should live, not just going through the emotions. Highly recommended.

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