Amy Grant – Tennessee Christmas

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Amy Grant – Tennessee Christmas
Label: Amy Grant
Release date: October 21, 2016
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It’s been 7 years since Amy Grant has been on a Christmas album and it’s amazing that her musical career has been sustaining longer than I’ve been alive. I grew up listening to her worship songs and attended a couple of concerts as she broke through to mainstream. This Christmas album is a compilation of catchy/popular secular Christmas songs (White Christmas, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Christmas Don’t Be Late) as well as some Christmas carols (Joy to the World and O Come All Ye Faithful).  To Be Together is the hit pop single off of this album.

If you get the physical album with liner notes, you get to see past personal Christmas family photos from the Grants and Gills.

– Norm

Track List:
1. Tennessee Christmas
2. To Be Together
3. Christmas For You And Me
4. Melancholy Christmas
5. December
6. White Christmas
7. Joy To The World
8. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside [feat. Vince Gill]
10. Christmas Don’t Be Late
11. Still Can’t Sleep
12. Another Merry Christmas
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful

 

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the album Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas. Giveaway ends Saturday, December 10. (Giveaway open to continental US 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.)

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Bible Journaling Kit

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Bible Journaling Kit
Released: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Ellie Claire
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Melody (age 9)
What is the Bible Journaling Kit: The Bible Journaling Kit is a kit where you can journal in your Bible and write in it. It comes with a pouch that has Philippians 4:8 on it, stickers, and pens.
Like: I like that there are pens in it, and stickers.
Dislike: What I don’t like about it is that the Micron-type pen kinda bled through the paper, and that was regular paper, so I’m not sure how it will be on the Bible.
Recommend: I would recommend this for everyone who likes drawing and taking notes on the Bible.

Emily (age 7)
What is the Bible Journaling Kit: You journal in your Bible.
Like: I like that there are lots of colorful things. I also like 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
Dislike: I don’t like that it doesn’t come with a Bible.
Recommend: I would recommend this to everyone single person even if they don’t have a Bible, hopefully someone will give them one.

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About the Bible Journaling Kit
Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

**Bonus: As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 different kits. Please help promote that offer by sharing this link: http://bit.ly/BibleJournalingKitGiveaway. <– The link also offers free downloads of several coloring pages, so check it out!

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I have seen so much amazing creativity out there with the journaling Bibles in recent years. I’m not quite as creative, but I think having some basic tools are super helpful to getting started if you want a different way to reflect on and share the Word of God. My favorite part of this kit is the little pouch that carries the items. The Bible verse is a great reminder of something wonderful to focus on through our day.

 

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a Bible Journaling Kit. Giveaway ends Thursday, December 8th. (Giveaway open to US 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 tools, if you Bible journal or not, 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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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

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parentingParenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
Author: Paul David Tripp
Released: September 30, 2016
Publisher: Crossway
Pages: 224
Paul Tripp’s Website (Videos available)| Crossway (Download Excerpt available)| Facebook | Twitter | #gospelparenting

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It is not often that I will pick up a book that is considered a “parenting” book, especially not one that is titled “Parenting,” because most of them are fairly repetitive in what they tell you about parenthood. Plus, every. single. child is so different…how can anyone tell me what is right or wrong for me or my child. I have even taken child development classes (because the obvious thing to do after getting your business degree is to go back to school to get an early childhood education degree :p ), and those actually were super helpful in understanding my girls and their development more.

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But this book is a little different. It takes a different point of view. You notice it right away from the cover. “Gospel principles” is not something you generally read about in any of the booklets about newborns as your prepare for the arrival of your baby. But it all makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Our children are not our own. What a precious gift we have been given to raise these little ones, yet we can sometimes feel so ill-equipped, at least I do…most days! I love how Paul Tripp brings it back to the Bible in Parenting. Yes, those daily tasks of being a mom or dad to our child/ren still remain. Yes, there are dirty diapers, fussiness, and tantrums…and eyes rolled (both theirs and yours!), angry words exchanged, and curfews broken. But we sometimes forget about grace. This changes how we live our lives as parents…or at least it should.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Parenting. Giveaway ends Thursday, November 3rd. (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 something you’ve learned about parenting 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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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.

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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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childrenofgodPhil Wickham – Children of God
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.”