Friday, February 17, 2017

The Student Body DVD review

When a brave high school student takes a stand against state-mandated BMI tests of her peers, she finds herself in the middle of a heated national controversy, sparking a battle of wills between herself and government officials.

Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2017
Run Time: 85 minutes

  This true story really shows us how we can be cruel without even meaning to. The Student Body tells the story of two girls fighting against bullying and the government insincerity while investigating the problem of childhood obesity.
  Different schools made the children get weighed and then they find out what there BMI is So if don’t fit within the numbers there were sent a letter saying they were not without certain numbers and essentially told they were fat.
  I think this is very unfair as children and young adults are at a stage when they think everything about themselves is wrong. They think they are to fat, to skinny, their hair is to straight or to curly etc… Now to put this on them is just to much.
  One of the girls is a journalist major and made this film documentary to try to get to the bottom of why the children were sent letters. She also tried numerous times to talk to her senator and he wouldn’t talk to her. She tried emails, phone calls, tried to see him at a rally. Then she went to his office and confronted him face to face.
  This is quite an excellent documentary and I recommend it for each and every one.  It kept me very interested and it will show you if you don’t give up you will get answers to your questions.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick A Review

When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.

The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800722337
ISBN-13: 978-0800722333
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

This is a story about a family who decided to move west, but didn’t want to take their mother Tabitha Brown. They said she was to old and crippled. Didn’t make sense to me because she was only in her 50’s and still could walk with a cane. Anyway she talks them into letting her go and she writes of her adventures.
  They took a different path than the Donner party, but also had trouble with steep trails, no food to gather or hunt and many other difficulties.
  The story was really interesting as it told of the older woman and her daughter and granddaughter. Also of several others in this remarkable story.
  I recommend this if you like adventure and perseverance.

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble A Review


“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

Series: A Sunset Cove Novel
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401690300
ISBN-13: 978-1401690304
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

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

  Book three in the Sunset Cove series. I read book one and book three. Book two just slipped by me. Anyway each book can be read separately, but it really helps if you’ve read the whole series.
  I love the way Colleen Coble writes. She is very realistic and has such an interesting way with words.
  Kate has been through so much with her Uncle and Mother being in prison and her twin sister being kidnapped when they were very young.
  Mysteries keep happening. Now a man’s brother and his wife are dead. The police say it was murder/suicide, but he doesn’t believe. So now Drake has two nieces to raise. He goes to the place where they were mudered to find out all he can. He stays at a cottage Kate put up for rent and she agrees to watch his nieces.
  This book is full of danger, suspense, love, forgiveness and believing in yourself.

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When Calls the Heart complete season 3 DVDs


Journey to the Canadian frontier where Elizabeth Thatcher and Jack Thornton face trials in their relationship---and in their town. Can Hope Valley endure a tragic mining landslide, a gang of outlaws, and more? Boxed set includes the Hallmark Channel episodes plus special features, including footage from the Hearties Family Reunion and a trivia game. Closed-captioned. 10 DVDs.

My Review
Season three of When Calls the Heart is just amazing. The titles of the shows are:
It Begins With Heart
Troubled Hearts
Heart of a Hero
Forever in my Heart
Hearts in Question. That is just the beginning of what’s in this wonderful 10 DVD collection of season three When Calls the Heart. You get wonderful bonus features and a terrific slide show. You will also get the Hearties Family Reunion. A exciting question and answer section with your favorite actors/actresses. A neat trivia games and what’s your Hearties IQ.
  You will have many hours of fun, romance, suspense and excitement with this fantastic DVD collection of season three. I highly recommend this set. A wonderful Christmas present for your special someone or for yourself.

Format: NTSC
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
ASIN: B01LX170T1

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Choose and Choose Again by J. Kevin Butcher A Review

In Choose and Choose Again, the reader will encounter story after story of different people, most of whom are from Hope Community Church of Detroit, where Pastor Butcher has been sharing the healing love of God for thirteen years. They represent men and women, African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian, urban and suburban, professional types and prostitutes, clergy and addicts, drunks and lawyers and convicts—wounded human beings who have found themselves empty, dying, and longing to be filled.

The stories are not only about their own healing and restoration but also about how the love of God heals. Butcher hopes that readers will find before them a path of healing that they feel compelled to embrace. He begins with his own story of emptiness and despair, and his journey to healing, but the ultimate power of his message is that this healing journey is for anyone who is willing to own his or her emptiness and hold one’s heart out to God, who is desperately longing to love each person all the way home.

File Size: 1871 KB
Print Length: 269 pages
Publisher: NavPress (October 1, 2016)
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

J. Kevin Butcher is the lead pastor of Hope Community Church of Detroit, a messy fellowship of human beings from every racial, economic, and educational background imaginable—with one thing in common: They own their emptiness and pursue healing through the love of God in Jesus Christ. Butcher has written numerous articles and has spoken around the world about the love of Christ. He is married to Carla and has three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

  Choose and Choose Again by J. Kevin Butcher is a very good book. He tells stories of all different kinds of people in all different kinds of lives. All are lonely and searching, every if they have everything here on earth they still are searching for the mighty love of our Father in heaven.
  You will read and experience how they lives have changed when they realize that God loves them and is always with them. Some of the people grew up with horrible lives, horrible parents and horrible things happened to them, but some grew up with seemly normal, happy lives. They all are lacking the love or understanding of a parent, both mothers and fathers. All children need that and when they don’t have it they don’t know how to react to God the Father the lover of all.
  Very interesting read and I recommend it.

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Everything is Possible by Jen Bricker A Review

Born without Legs, She Inspires Others to Overcome

Jen Bricker was born without legs. Shocked and uncertain they could care for her, her biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: "Never say 'can't.'" And pretty soon, there was nothing this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn't conquer: roller-skating, volleyball, power tumbling, and spinning from silk ribbons thirty feet in the air.

Everything Is Possible is her incredible story--a story of God working out his plan for her life from before day one. Readers follow Jen from the challenges of growing up different to holding captive audiences numbering in the tens of thousands. Everything Is Possible shows readers what they can accomplish when they remove the words coincidence and limitation from their vocabulary. Filled with heart and spirit, as well as Jen's wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty, this inspiring true story points the way to purpose and joy. Foreword by Nick Vujicic.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Baker Books (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801019303
ISBN-13: 978-0801019302
Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Jen Bricker is an author, aerialist, and motivational speaker. A state champion in power tumbling, she has traveled internationally with Britney Spears's Circus Tour and appeared as a headliner at the prestigious Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, New York's Lincoln Center, the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, and the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. She has been featured on numerous news shows, including HBO's Real Sports, ABC's 20/20, Good Morning America, and ESPN's Versus. She is currently living in Los Angeles and has added a successful international speaking career to her list of accomplishments, including a TEDx talk and speeches in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and elsewhere.

Sheryl Berk is a New York Times bestselling author several times over. Soul Surfer, her #1 bestseller with Bethany Hamilton, was made into a major motion picture.

  Everything is Possible by Jen Bricker is an amazing book. Jen was born without legs and her parents left her at the hospital. She was adopted by a wonderful family who said Never say can’t. So Jen did everything everyone else did she didn’t let anything hold her back.
  Jen really loves the Lord and clings to Him for everything. She has done many things already in her young life and has big plans for the future. She is such a funny, wise girl and you will love her outlook on life.
   It’s an amazing thing how Jen found her sisters and Mom and how they now love each other.
  I recommend this book, because it will lift you up from your everyday life. Very good.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Review-Living With No Excuses by Noah Galloway

Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story, and how losing his arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest.

Inspirational, humorous, and thought provoking, Noah Galloway's LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama, his military experience, and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his "new normal" after losing his arm and leg in combat, Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds.

Noah's gripping story is a shining example that with laughter, and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Whether it be overcoming injury, conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest, with no excuses.

File Size: 23754 KB
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Center Street (August 23, 2016)
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English
ASIN: B01922I1B6

Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the first of the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life-changing injury. After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway became a motivational speaker and fitness activist. A father of three, He currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama.

  Living With No Excuses by Noah Galloway is a very intense, realist book. It shows how you can overcome the most horrible tragedies if you don’t give up. How you can live life and be happy.
  I love to read Biographies of people that have been through horrible things and how much they have suffered and still made it out of the pit of despair.
  Noah Galloway lost his arm and leg in combat. He almost died, but he fought back. Noah also was a very depressed person at first and all he did was drink. Then Noah was inspired to exercise and get into a fitness business.
  Besides though positive things you will see Noah’s journey through three relationships and how they failed, but he loves his children and cares for them almost daily.
  I did like this book and think you will if you like to see a person strive to do things that most people wouldn’t do. I recommend this book.

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