The Biggest Story CD/DVD

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The Biggest Story (CD/DVD)

Author: Kevin DeYoung
Composer: John Poon
Released: August 2016
Studio: Crossway
Run Time: 26 minutes
For Ages: Elementary school age
Website | #TheBiggestStory

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: It was about God’s plans for the snake crusher through the years.
Like: I liked the cool designs in the movie. I liked that the author told the story.
Dislike: I didn’t like that there weren’t any bonus features.
What I learned: I learned that God made things the exact way he wanted.
Recommend: I would recommend it to everyone to learn about God.

Emily (age 7)
What the book is about: It was about God’s plan for the world to save us.
Like: The pictures are fun and the guy is funny.
Dislike: I don’t dislike anything.
What I learned: I didn’t like that it was really long and that a lot of Bible people had two names.
Recommend: I recommend it to everyone because I think everyone would like it.

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:

Another beautiful story with beautiful words. The music was wonderful and some parts kept us laughing.🙂

– Joyce

 

About the CD/DVD:
This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.

Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.

About the Artist:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Biggest Story. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 13th. (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 sharing about snakes, your current favorite DVD, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, 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:
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All Things Bright and Beautiful

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Author (of original hymn): Cecil Frances Alexander
Illustrator: Katy Hudson
Released: February 2016
Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books
Pages: 32
For Ages: Early Elementary school age
Website | Facebook | #AllThingsBrightandBeautiful

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: This book is about the original poem, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and it talks about how God made things how he wanted them to be and he made things just right.
Like: I like the curly wording and beautiful illustrations that blew me away to our wonderful world.
Dislike: I don’t like the kites on pages 19-20 because I would like the kites to be diamonds like they usually are.
What I learned: I learned that God made things the exact way he wanted.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to kids ages 0-10.

Emily (age 7)
What the book is about: The book is about God making things bright and beautiful.
Like: I like all the pretty pictures and the butterflies and animals.
Dislike: I don’t dislike anything.
What I learnedI learned that God made things bright and beautiful and it is really beautiful!
Recommend: I would recommend this book to everyone.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
A beautiful book with a beautiful message and beautiful pictures. It is another reminder to look for the beauty of God’s creation in the everyday.

– Joyce

 

About the Book:
First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the Artist:
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of All Things Bright and Beautiful. Giveaway ends Friday, July 29th. (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 sharing your favorite book about all things bright and beautiful, your favorite hymn, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, 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:
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Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

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Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Bill Bolton
Released: April 2016
Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books
Pages: 32
For Ages: Early Elementary school age
Website | Author WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | #WormOnAWalk

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: The book is about someone imaging if a worm could go on a walk, or a piglet could play piano, or a lion being a lifeguard, but that’s not how they were designed. God made them and planned every detail right.
Like: I like that this book explains it in a funny way.
Dislike: I don’t like that they use the word ‘froo-froo’ because people may not know what that means.
What I learned: I learned things about animals that I didn’t know.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to young kids.

Emily (age 7)
What the book is about: The book is about animals and imagination.
Like: I like that for starters, it tells you more about animals.
Dislike: I like everything.
What I learnedI learned that even if you imagine something, it doesn’t always come true, but it’s fun to imagine.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to everyone!

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it has great rhyming sentences and super cute illustrations. This is great for little ones. We did learn a few new things about animals, which was an added bonus. The girls have been reading chapter books for quite awhile now, but they still really enjoy picture books, especially when they have wonderful illustrations. This will be a wonderful one to share with little friends. A fantastic lesson to learn that while it would certainly be amazing for everyone to do and be everything, God designed us with a plan and purpose in mind that is specific to each individual.
– Joyce

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About the Author:
Hannah C. Hall is the author of best-selling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night and God Bless Our Christmas, as well as an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com. Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Giveaway ends Monday, July 4th. (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 sharing your favorite book about animals, insects, or bugs, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, 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.

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Phil Wickham – Children of God

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Label: Fair Trade/Colombia
Release date: April 22, 2016
Website | FB | IG | Twitter | iTunes | SpotifyYouTube#ChildrenofGod

Phil Wickham’s Children of God album comes after the discovery and eventual surgery to remove a vocal polyp on one of his vocal cords. The surgery would leave him speechless for an entire month with no promises to ever sing professionally again. This all happened on the heels of his #1 single/worship song and BMI’s Christian Song of the Year: This Is Amazing Grace.

The result is this new album that contains infectious energy with songs that build to dynamically loud making you want to move and dance.

It starts with a ethereal and rockish rendition of Doxology. Better Than Life is lively with a dance-beat to move to. Your Love Awakens Me is projected to be a hit single. The Secret Place has nice harmonies.  Repetitive and pulsing riffs are sprinkled throughout Wide Awake. My All In All is heartfelt while Starmaker is reflective. The title track, Children of God, is a dance anthem. Stand In Awe comes pouring out straight from the heart. There’s an interesting accentuated riff for Body Mind & Soul. Short rhythmic reverb occurs in As It Is In Heaven. Finally, Spirit of God is more acoustic in sound.

– Norm

Track List:
1. Doxology//Amen
2. Better Than Life
3. Your Love Awakens Me
4. The Secret Place by Phil Wickham feat. Madison Cunningham
5. Wide Awake
6. My All In All
7. Starmaker (High Above the Earth)
8. Children of God
9. Stand In Awe
10. Body Mind & Soul
11. As It Is In Heaven
12. Spirit of God

About Phil Wickham:
Marking his first LP in three years, Children Of God comes on the heels of the impactful single “This Is Amazing Grace,” which was certified RIAA Gold and named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year as it topped radio charts. This powerful anthem was recently recognized as the most-sung worship song in the North American church by Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). Children of God is filled with songs sure to follow in those footsteps and become new worship favorites. Heralded by the single “Your Love Awakens Me,” the album is available everywhere now.

Phil Wickham is, at the core, a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all of his critically acclaimed efforts: Phil Wickham (2006), Cannons (2007), Heaven & Earth (2009), Response (2011), and The Ascension (2013), which debuted at No. 2 on the SoundScan Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. His gold-certified single “This Is Amazing Grace” gave Wickham his first career No. 1, holding the top spot on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart for 13 consecutive weeks.  The honor’s continued as the single was named Billboard’s 2014 No. 1 Christian Airplay Song of the Year and BMI’s 2015 Christian Song of the Year. In addition to its success at radio, the song has become a beloved anthem in the modern church, increasing Wickham’s recognition as a gifted artist and songwriter with a true heart of worship.

Other reviews:
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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.”

Esther – The Belle of Patience

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The Adventure of Rooney Cruz:
Esther – The Belle of Patience

Released: June 2016
Publisher: Bible Belles
Pages: 56
For Ages: Elementary school age
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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: This book is about Rooney. Rooney doesn’t have the courage to talk to her coach about Amanda and how she acts as if she is the only one on her team and also she cannot find a correct time to talk to her coach about it. Mari, her personal angel, and Rooney take a trip to Esther’s story and find out how you can have the courage and the patience to talk to someone at the right time.
Like: I like how it talks in detail of how the story happened, like how Mordecai tore his robes because I did not know some of these facts until I read the book.
Dislike: I don’t like that they can’t go outside of the window.
What I learned: I learned that sometimes you have to have patience and wait for God to guide you and tell you what the right time is to do some things.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to kids about ages 6-10.

Emily (age 7)
What the book is about: The book is about Rooney and her being afraid to tell her coach about a not-so-nice girl on her soccer team. Her angel takes her to the time of Esther and shows her what Esther does. She shows her that Esther has patience and she prays.
Like: I like the part about Esther’s time when Mordecai tells her she should save her land. I like learning about Bible stories.
Dislike: I like all of it.
What I learned: To be patient when I tell people about stuff.
Recommend: Everybody!

Bible Belle’s Esther: The Belle of Patience from Bible Belles on Vimeo.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
This is the second book in a series called Bible Belles’ The Adventures of Rooney Cruz. It is about a girl named Rooney and her angel Mari. In this particular book, when Rooney (and her teammates) have an issue with another teammate who is not-so-nice, she doesn’t know what to do. Mari shows her the story of a Bible Belle – Esther. Rooney finds out how Esther had to have patience to pray and listen to God. I love when we are able to connect our real everyday life to the lives of the people of Bible times. There are great heroes who learn lessons and have values just like our girls need to learn and have. When faced with an issue, it is easy to give in to our own desires to fix things, but our way may not always be the best. I’m thankful for books and resources like Bible Belles to help our children learn to look to the Lord for guidance.

I also love that this book is available in Spanish! Check it out in any of the links in this post.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Adventure of Rooney Cruz: Esther – The Belle of Patience. Giveaway ends Thursday, June 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 sharing your favorite Bible belle, another favorite Bible story series, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, 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.

– Joyce

“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.”

Trim Healthy Mama Plan

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Trim Healthy Mama
Authors: Pearl Barnett and Serene Allison
Released: September 2015
Publisher: Harmony
Pages: 338
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I love the ideas presented in this book, but it took awhile to get used to the vocabulary that is specific to Trim Healthy Mama recipes. There is lots of great information to help people get started toward a healthier lifestyle by simple choices they can make in their meal planning.

Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV

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Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV
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Released: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 1152
For Ages: 6 – 10 years
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | #UnderThe Sea

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Melody (age 9)
What the book is about: It’s about the Bible. Giggle. What’d you think?
Like: I like that it has inserts about key verses and themes.
Dislike: It can be a little longer (have more inserts) and have some activities.
What I learned: I learned about the Bible.
Recommend: I recommend it to everyone.

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: It is the Holy Bible.
Like: It has fun pictures in it, and it’s fun.
Dislike: There’s not anything I don’t like.
What I learned: I learned how the Bible is important because you can learn about Jesus and his disciples.
Recommend: I recommend this for everybody!

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
This is unrelated to the actual content of the Bible, but the first thing I noticed about this Bible was that it is fairly lightweight. The font does not look much smaller in size than in other bibles, but it does look like the spacing between lines are tighter than in other children’s bibles we own. From an educator’s point-of-view, this may not be the best fit for younger kiddos who are still learning to read. They need bigger font with more spacing. From a mom’s point-of-view, the weight does make it easier to carry around if you are bringing the bible to Sunday School or Bible club. I like the theme, and it is something most children will be drawn to. The inserts are a wonderful resource for children who are learning about the foundational truths of the Bible.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Under the Sea Holy Bible. Giveaway ends Monday, April 11th. (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 sharing your first Bible, what version/translation you enjoy reading from, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, 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.

– Joyce

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“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.”