Monday, March 28, 2016

Noble DVD Review

Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story

Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war. When Irish woman Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won courage, she is about to change everything. For hundreds of thousands of people. Forever. NOBLE is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference. And of how she is proved right.

Christina Noble dreamed a dream, but it wasn’t the type of dream that brings peace in the midst of trouble or joy of a happier future. Christina Noble dreamed of war-soaked Vietnam, of children in trouble, of cries for help. While some people might run from such a dream, Noble knew that the dream was from God, and she pursued that dream faithfully. Because of her, thousands of children have been saved.

Product Details
Actors: Deirdre O'Kane, Brendan Coyle, Sarah Greene, Liam Cunningham
Directors: Stephen Bradley
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Word Films P&D
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2016
Run Time: 100 minutes

  Noble is an incredible true story of a dream that rescued a million lives. She grew up in a poor part of town with a father that was an alcoholic and a mother who died to young. Noble and her siblings were all sent to foster care, her father just didn‘t want to take care of them. She wasn’t loved very much when she was young, but that didn’t stop her from caring and trying to make a difference in others lives.
  One night she dreamed about Vietnam and the poor children there. Later she make it to Vietnam and saw first hand all of the children who lived on the streets and ate out of the garbage.  She knew something had to be done and she would be the one to start things up.
  Christina didn’t have much money, but she spoke with many companies, oil companies etc.. She practically begged them for help. No one helped until one company did and everything went up from there.
  This DVD is an amazing retelling of Christina Noble’s life and the lives she touched. It is a very touching and inspiring movie of what can be done if only one person cares. Highly recommended.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Cost My Life on a Terrorist Hit List by Ali Husnain A Review

Born into a prominent Shia Muslim family in Pakistan, Ali had it all—prestige, security, wealth, social status. The Cost is the extraordinary story of his dramatic encounter with Jesus that would change everything.

That life-altering choice to follow Jesus would turn Ali from a typical teenager into a target of a terrorist organization based in his hometown—a target they would soon act on.

The Cost is the riveting and remarkable journey of a young man who left everything behind to follow the one thing he knew to be true. Through excommunication from his home and family, near-death experience, a miraculous healing, and a cross-continental chase for his life, Ali's faith sustained him while also compelling him to bring the gospel to Muslims—no matter the cost. This modern epic is a must-read for anyone who wants to be informed about the state of Christian-Muslim relations today, and inspired by just how much a single light in the darkness can make a difference.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (March 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310344867
ISBN-13: 978-0310344865
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Ali Husnain (name changed for security reasons) is a young refugee evangelist living in the UK. Ali plans to return to Pakistan, despite the fatwa issued against him, with the conviction that God is calling him to build a medical facility in his home town and preach the gospel with the very men who tried to kill him as a teenager.

 J. Chester is a writer living in England. He has written widely on international development, social justice and has a keen interest in bringing new stories to western readers

  The Cost My Life on a Terrorist Hit List by Ali Husnain is an amazing story. It is a true story of a young man who went to the UK to visit his family and became a Christian. He had an encounter with the Lord. He was stabbed and left to die because he talked about the Lord. He would have died if Jesus didn’t touch him and heal him.
  All through this book you read about the things his family and friends went through because he belongs to the Lord now.
  He had everything before he came to the Lord, but afterwards he lost all power, fame and fortune because he went back on the Muslim tradation.
  He was put on a hit list and by the grace of God he survived and escaped several times. It is an amazing story that will really show you at what depths some Christians in other countries/cultures have to endure for following Jesus.
  Highly recommended. This book is full of faith and action. Must read for all.

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DVD Review-When Calls the Heart-It Begins with Heart

From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) and Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) star in When Calls The Heart: It Begins With Heart, an especially romantic film originally broadcast under the title, "A New Year's Wish. ",

In the days before the big New Year’s Eve celebration, Hope Valley sees some unpredictable resolutions. For instance, Abigail sets out to catch whoever’s been stealing from her kitchen: and finds herself in charge of two orphans in the process. Elizabeth resolves to take charge of Jack’s dog, Rip, in an attempt to remedy Rip’s apparent jealousy of their relationship. Rosemary is determined to win a San Francisco Herald essay contest about a "real frontier family",… and has to pose as Lee’s wife when a reporter from the paper shows up. And Bill Avery tries his best to convince Jack that he’s not the one who should be behind bars for counterfeiting. Meanwhile, two visitors in town ponder sticking around and causing trouble for both Jack and Pastor Frank!

Actors: Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow
Directors: Neill Fearnley
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
 Not Rated
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2016
Run Time: 88 minutes

  Just when you think something can’t get any better, you are greatly surprised. When Calls the Heart-It Begins with Heart, Season 3, Episode 1 is such a special, tender story. It is full of suspense, action, but also love, compassion and forgiveness.
  We see our favorites returning, also a few new characters and new plot lines. The actors and actresses are very good at what they do and are very believable in their roles.
   This is a continuing story from episode to episode. Some people have called it like unto Downton Abbey. It is, but a series the whole family can watch without worrying what might come next. When Calls the Heart is a very wholesome, family-oriented series.
  Not only does this show have funny, quirky parts, but parts of great severity and things to make us think.
  When Calls the Heart-It Begins with Heart is such a wonderful, wonderful entertaining show. Sesaon 3 is starting with a bang. Watch all of the Seasons if you haven’t yet. Each one is full of many great teaching moments. So thankful to be able to watch an entertaining, wholesome, exciting series.
  Highly recommended. It Begins with Heart is full of surprises. Watch and see for yourself.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Royal Easter Story Review

It is the most spectacular spring in history. The princesses—Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope are busy with preparations for the annual Easter celebration and the castle is alive with activity.

Into the kingdom ride five new friends, young knights, who are as spirited as the princesses. In the new Princess Parables title, A Royal Easter Story, a challenge is presented and the boys and girls decide to race to the neighboring village where the annual Easter celebration and feast will be held. Along the way, the princesses must weather a scary storm and rescue another new friend. But in the end the lesson is clear … trust in the Lord and his love and you can overcome any obstacle.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Series: The Princess Parables
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (January 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310748704
ISBN-13: 978-0310748700
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 9.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Jeanna Stolle Young is a daughter of the king that lives in Southern California with her dashing husband, Bruce, her two sweet princesses, Danika and Emmalynn, and two daring princes, Christian and Kenton. God gave her the vision for this series that has caused her faith to grow through watching Him work. She has a passion for moms of princesses and knights training up the next generation for Christ.  She is a speaker and blogger at

This book is the 13th book in the Princess Parables Series.

Jacqueline Kinney Johnson is a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians located on the Colombian border in Central America. The vision for The Princess Parable Series was born in these jungles. She is the wife of Pastor Ralph Johnson and the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three princesses, Catherine, Alexandra Grace, and Megan Joy and four young knights, Zack, Payton, Maverick, and Christopher. She delights in stirring young hearts and imaginations with Godly character and the certainty of becoming a child of the King for eternity. Her passion is mentoring and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. She lives in a castle perched high on a hill above the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

Omar Aranda studied Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was born. Many top publishers and companies worldwide have commissioned him for projects including story artwork, comics, and character design. He started his career as an artistic painter but now devotes all of his time to illustrations for children's products.

   A Royal Easter Story by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson is a brilliant book. The colors and pictures are just fascinating.
   a group of five sisters that are planning to attend their kingdom’s Easter celebration. They encounter some troubles – weather, physical, and spiritual. They have to determine the best, thing to do to help a new friend.
  It shows how the princess’ have to make decisions and also praying for the Lord to help them. The prayer they prayed when in a bad storm was so sweet and just wonderful.
  Any child would love this for the fun, adventure, scary situations and the beautiful celebration of the Risen Lord.
  Very highly recommended. A beautiful gift for children, grandchildren or any child. Really a charming, inspiring gift.

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Jennifer by Dee Henderson A REVIEW 5-STAR

It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 4.1.2013 edition (May 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764211129
ISBN-13: 978-0764211126
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 7 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at

  Jennifer by Dee Henderson is an amazing novel. I’ve read all of the O’Malley books and just love them all, so when Dee wrote and published Jennifer I knew I needed to read it and see how her life started. Makes me want to read the whole series again.
   Jennifer moves to Dallas away from her family in Chicago to start her practice. She loves her family dearly. Seven children all orphans all adopted each other and changed their last names to O’Malley. Jennifer is the youngest.
   Jennifer has a pediatrics practice that specializes in children with severe illnesses. She loves all of her patients greatly.
  She meets Tom another doctor. Tom introduces Jennifer to church and gives her his Bible to read.
  Jennifer falls in love with Jesus and Tom.  They plan on visiting all of the O’Malley’s on the 4th of July and tell them all things that are happening. Then tragedy strikes and Jennifer becomes ill.
  This is an amazing book and it really fills in all of your questions about Jennifer and the things in her life. If you haven’t read the O’Malley series Jennifer is a great place to start. One of my favorite series. A keeper for sure. Highly recommended.

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Step by Step by Candace Calvert A 5-star Review

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

File Size: 7793 KB
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2016)
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all.

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical and Crisis Team) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to eight, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at:

  Step by Step by Candace Calvert is an excellent novel. It is full of mystery, intrigue, hope, life and love.
  Taylor has been a widow for three years and is getting her life back on track. She has a survival list of things she thinks need to be done at a certain time for her healing.
  She has two men in her life, Seth a volunteer chaplain who helps people in crisis situations. Taylor has done some of that work herself, but feels she needs to get away from all of the grief.
   Halston a plastic surgeon is also interested in her. He seems perfect, but is he.
  A main part of Step by Step is about Taylor’s aging dog who has cancer. She doesn’t want to lose him, because her husband bought him as a puppy. It’s a heart wrenching part, but oh so good.
  Also a big secret her husband had and she finds out about it three years later. Find out how she handles this situation.
  Read Step by Step to find out what happens in Taylor’s life. How she copes with everything and how she learns what is important and whom to trust.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Calling by Rachelle Dekker A Review

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.

As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels―he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp―and the CityWatch soldiers closing in―Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.

Series: A Seer Novel
Paperback: 441 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496402278
ISBN-13: 978-1496402271
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

  The Calling by Rachelle Dekker is book two in The Seer series. What an amazing book. I really enjoyed The Calling and look forward to Rachelle’s next novel. She is such a talented lady.
   A main theme of this book is talking about getting over your fears. Here is a line from The Calling, “Fear is a powerful sedative for rebellion.” Just think about how fear can affect you in your life. In The Calling Remko and Carrington are married and have a child. Remko fears for his wife, child and all of the other Seers. Being fearful doesn’t help him to be a good leader.
  The Seers have escaped the Authority City. They want to worship God and have the right to make their own decisions. The new leader of the city is very evil and wants to erase everyone’s memories and make them into people not caring about anything or anyone.
  Very, very good book, with a lot of twists and turns. The ending is excellent. Can’t wait for book three. Highly recommended.

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