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9781433688683_cvr_webPeter’s Perfect Prayer Place
Authors: Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
Illustrator: Daniel Fernandez
Release date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: B&H Kids
Hardcover: 24 pages
Age Range: 4-8 years
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Melody (age 8)
What the book is about: It was about him looking for the right prayer place to pray. And he couldn’t find the right one. But his mom and dad said God will hear him anywhere no matter where he prayed.
Like: I like that he could pray anywhere.
Dislike: I didn’t not like anything. :p
Recommend: Kids!

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: The book is about him finding a place to pray.
Like: I like that there are pots and pans and stuff. He goes on the swing so God can hear him.
Dislike: I don’t like that he said, “Shhh…mama has a place to pray and what’s a good place for me?” because he had to be quiet.
Recommend: I recommend to Becca because she likes books.

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
This is a super cute book for kids to learn about prayer. Of course, one of the first things you will notice is that the story is made up of rhyming sentences, which means….you can rap it if you want! I really like the pages at the end after the story is over, little readers are able to put into action what they just read about in the book. There is an area to write down places to pray and people to pray for, as well as a poster to list prayers, you can put a sticker each time you pray and mark if your prayer has been answered.

– Joyce

Other reviews:
Amazon.com
christianbook.com

Written by Joyce and Norm

August 14, 2015 at 12:27 AM

TobyMac – This Is Not A Test

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Giveaway info at the end of the post.

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TobyMac – This Is Not A Test
Label: Forefront
Released August 7, 2015
Website | FB | IG | Twitter | TobyMacMusic | TobyMacVEVO | iTunes | #THISISNOTATEST

ABOUT This is Not A Test

All right, friends! If you were a dc Talk fan, or even if you weren’t hip to them back in the 90s, I think you will still enjoy TobyMac’s latest album, This Is Not A Test. From the beginning to end, it definitely drops the beat. If you looking for some upbeat music to work out or dance to, this is it! Get this album (or WIN IT, see info below), and your kids will think you are pretty rad…if you’re a kid, you will think your parents are completely ridiculous but kinda cool, but not cool enough to let your friends know. Anyhow, this is not the typical genre of music I listen to, but it’s fun and has a lot of great featured artists. I am really diggin’ Like A Match, Love Broke ThruBeyond Me, and Light Shine Bright, but all the others are growing on me too. ;) The links are to the lyrics videos or audio. Take a listen, and really listen to the words in the song.

From Beyond Me

Yeah, You gave me the stars, put them out of my reach
Called me to waters a little too deep
Oh, I’ve never been so aware of my need
Yeah, you keep on making me see
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You take me to the place where I know I need You
Straight to the depths that I can’t handle on my own

ABOUT TobyMac

Toby McKeehan (known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman. Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music. While attending Liberty University during the mid-80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling group dc Talk. Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001. Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, along with his first live album in 2008. This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released. Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and – perhaps most relevant of all – the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going. “It’s the truth,” he says. “I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart. I believe God can use a song to open someone’s mind and heart.”

This Is Not A Test (Deluxe Edition) Songs:

1. Like a Match
2. Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
3. This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
4. Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
5. Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
6. Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
7. Move (Keep Walkin’)
8. Love Broke Thru
9. Beyond Me
10. Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
11. Undeniable
12. Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
13. Fall
14. Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
15. Like a Match (Garcia’s Remix)

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the album This Is Not A Test. Giveaway ends Friday, August 14th. (If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about your favorite album or song, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with the link to entry if possible.

Other reviews of This Is Not A Test:
Amazon.com
New Release Tuesday
iTunes

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

August 7, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Passport2Purity Getaway Kit

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Discount promo code info at the end of post.
Passport2Purity Getaway Kit
by FamilyLife
Released 2012
Website | FB | IG | @FamilyLifeToday | @DennisRainey@BarbaraRainey | #Passport2Purity

My girls are still young, but I know it won’t be long before we have “the talk” with them. You know “the talk” I’m talking about. We have a fairly open line of communication with them already, but I know those conversations during the pre-teen years will not be the easiest ones to have with your kids (or your mom and dad, in the case of the kids :p ). Even though we have four years until we have a teen, I love that there is a guide available for me when the time comes. And there are important discussions in there that I probably would miss having without the guide.

What’s in the getaway kit?

  • One Tour Guide for the parent
  • One Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions
  • Eight CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s
    • Session 1: Beginning the Journey – Challenges, Traps, and Choices
    • Session 2: Running With The Herd – Friendships and Peer Pressure
    • Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? – Changes in Him, Changes in Her
    • Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure – Setting Boundaries
    • Session 5: Crossing The Date Line – Seeing Dating Differently

At first glance, the kit is a bit overwhelming, but once you look at each part, it will be less overwhelming…but then, you think about what you’ll be talking to your pre-teen about, and then, you’ll be overwhelmed again, but then, you remember there are CDs in this thing…whew!

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Handy dandy checklist of everything you need for the weekend getaway
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Tour Guide for the parent – Of the almost 100 pages, 32 of them is the actual guide. The remaining pages are the Travel Journal pages with some of the fill-in-the-blank answers. There is a weekend itinerary, in addition to a more detailed sample schedule.
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Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions – Again, it looks like a thick book, but 60-something pages is the actual journal that is used for the sessions during the weekend getaway, and the rest are the pages for the 25 devotions after the trip.
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Eight CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s – Each CD is clearly labeled, so depending on if a parent was going on this getaway with a daughter or a son, you would use the appropriate CD. The last CD has Scripture memory songs from Seeds Family Worship, as well as mp3 files of the sessions.
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The 25 follow-up devotions are at the end of the Travel Journal. This is a good opportunity to continue the conversations that were started during the weekend getaway.

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We do answer questions as they come and we probably will continue to do so in the upcoming years. While our girls are obviously still too young for a weekend getaway to talk about relationships, sex, and the teen years, it is a great reminder to have those heart-to-heart moments to keep the line of communication open, and also to be thinking about having a special trip before the teen years, even if going through audio CDs might be exactly what you have planned, the kit does give great ideas for talking with your pre-teen about different topics.

“It is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen.  It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment.  If this isn’t possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.”

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We have a great offer for our readers! Use the promo code PASSPORT on their website, and get 25% off the getaway kit.  The promo code is good through 8/31/15. CLICK HERE to learn more about the kit or shop!

– Joyce

Other reviews of Passport2Purity:
Amazon.com
Christianbook.com

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this item to review.

Written by Joyce and Norm

July 26, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Hillsong United – Empires

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
empires-album-coverHillsong United – Empires
Label: Hillsong, Sparrow Records
Released May 26, 2015
Website | FB | IG | Twitter | YouTube |
#EMPIRES | Summer Tour

Empires is Hillsong United’s fourth studio album.  Like the rise and fall of worldly empires, so do the dynamics of the songs contained in the album.  Most of the songs are slow and more reflective in nature.  There is only one upbeat, if that, song on the whole album and that is Rule which has somewhat of a club feel to it.  Most of the songs in the album start off with sparse verses and build in terms of instrumentation and volume.  Verses dynamically contrast choruses which may contrast bridges.  There are also spots of musical space between sections of a couple of songs for reflection, interpretation, and spontaneity.  Musical riffs are repetitive throughout the songs which gives a sense of consistency through the changing dynamics of each song.  The Empires album leaves you reflective and wanting.

Touch The Sky was the first single released and first presented during the Vision 2015 presentation of Hillsong Church in February.  It was later performed on the Today Show.  The song was written after a study of The Beatitudes (Matthew 5).  Prince of Peace and Heart Like Heaven followed shortly after before the release of the album.  Each worship leader represented in Hillsong United is featured on one or two songs on the album.

 

Hillsong United features a good number of Hillsong’s main songwriters and worship leaders.  They write many of the songs churches sing in worship today.  Hillsong United was formed back in the 1990s as the youth band for Hillsong Church.  Each month, the Junior and Senior High groups would get together for a “united” night.  Later, the youth groups would hold an annual conference where the live album recordings were created.

When our family visited Hillsong Church’s main Hills Campus on March 1st, JD (from Hillsong United) was leading worship that particular Sunday.  The second picture you see below is from our March 1st visit.

– Norm

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I got a chance to listen in on a phone chat with Taya Smith last week. Some fellow FlyBy bloggers join in for a Twitter party. It was fun to hear how the album came together, and Taya shared some wisdom with us about worship. Below are some (paraphrased) snippets of what she shared, and I made a little Storify thingie of what we tweeted through the conversation.

If we are pouring out but not being filled up, we need to stop and spend time with Him.

Have people who can journey with you, especially someone a little further ahead of you, and allow them to pull you up when you are down.

A few tweets:

– Joyce

Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the album Empires. Giveaway ends Friday, June 5th. (If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about your favorite album or song, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

Other reviews of Empires:
Amazon.com
New Release Tuesday

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

May 28, 2015 at 11:18 PM

Michael W. Smith – Sovereign

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
71sKwrBSRAL._SL1500_Michael W. Smith – Sovereign
Label: The MWS Group
Released 2014
Website | FB | IG | Twitter | YouTube | #SkySpillsOver

“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER. It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night. My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project. But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video. This video was a lot of fun to make. I hope people enjoy it!”

 

 

 

Here’s the world premiere of his Sky Spills Over music video!!

 

 

I love the comments in this Facebook thread about what the song could mean, especially this comment, “Leading the next generation into battle with the Sword of the Spirit. Teaching them to rely not on their own might, but His!” It is a little more “poetic” than other songs I have heard from him.

The SKY SPILLS OVER music video, WORLD PREMIERE is HERE now via our friends at WAY-Fm Radio! Watch now: http://smarturl.it/SkySpillsOver Tell us what you think!

Posted by Michael W. Smith on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the album Sovereign. Giveaway ends Thursday, June 4th. (If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about your favorite album or song, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Norm

Other reviews of Sovereign:
Amazon.com
Indie Vision Music

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

May 27, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Christy Nockels – Let It Be Jesus

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
91nMCrcQaTL._SY355_Christy Nockels – Let It Be Jesus
Label: Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords
Released April 28, 2015
Website | FB | IG | Twitter | YouTube | iTunes | #LetItBeJesus

Let It Be Jesus is Christy Nockels’ third solo album and was recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta.  Christy serves as one of the lead vocalists at Passion City Church and is recognized as one of the leading female worship leaders in the church today.  Let It Be Jesus is an all-around, solid offering showcasing Christy’s beautiful and majestic vocals.

Let It Be Jesus and My Anchor are two awesome worship songs previously released on the past two live recordings from the annual Passion conference held in January (2014 and 2015, respectively).

Freedom Song and If You Never capture the upbeat and energetic atmosphere of the church congregation when Christy is leading.

The Wondrous Cross is a dynamic, passionate, and touching worship song that lifts and soars.

I love how Leaning on You, Jesus is a newer song that references the classic hymn: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

Find Me At The Feet of Jesus and Wonderful Name close out the album in a serene and reflective way.

Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a digital download of the album Let It Be Jesus. Giveaway ends Friday, May 8th. (If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about your favorite album or song, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Norm

Other reviews of Let It Be Jesus:
Amazon.com
New Release Tuesday

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

April 27, 2015 at 11:22 PM

When Calls The Heart

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
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When Calls the Heart
Season Premiere airs Saturday 4/25
Hallmark Channel
8/7c
Facebook | Twitter | Hearties (fan group) | hashtags: #FaithTV & #Hearties

ABOUT THE SERIES
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

MY THOUGHTS
We don’t own a TV by choice, so when we do streaming shows online from their network website, we are pretty picky. I will have to say that if we did have a TV and cable, we would definitely watch When Calls The Heart. From what I know, after season 1 started, there was a surprising following from tons of fans. I am not shocked by this because the story really draws you in! It did take me a few minutes to figure out the story since I didn’t watch season 1, but after that, the characters were great and the story is enthralling. There is humor, there is romance, there is drama…it has a little bit of everything. It took me right back to Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman since it takes place during frontier times in the rural west, and the main character Elizabeth Thatcher also comes from an affluent family that lived in the city. The season starts out with the trial of the coal mining company that had caused the death of the miners in town. There are some shady characters who try to bring the town down, but you’ll have to watch to find out if justice is served. Apparently, there are a few new characters this season, and a love story evolving. If you are the winner of the DVD set, please let me borrow it so I can watch season 1. And if I find the time, I will try to catch the new episodes on itunes or Amazon or whatever people stream things from. :p

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive 1 set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!) from Word Films. Giveaway ends Friday, May 2nd. (Giveaway open to US  and Canada residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with anything related to Hallmark or TV shows or coal mining or just say “Howdy!” For extra entries, tweet about the series or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

Other reviews of When Calls The Heart:
Common Sense Media
imdb.com

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

April 24, 2015 at 6:10 AM

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