Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids

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Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Author: Sarah Young
Released: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Pages: 368
For Ages: 6-10
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Melody (age 8)
What the book is about: Jesus teaching us
Like: I like that it teaches you about Jesus.
Dislike: It doesn’t have 365 devotions because I want to learn 365 days.
What I learned: I learned that God is always with you.
Recommend: All kids

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: The book is about Jesus. He is the narrator of the book.
Like: I like that it has a verse and you get to use the Bible.
Dislike: Nothing.
What I learned: That Jesus is good.
Recommend: My friend Bella

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
We used Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids a few years ago and the girls really enjoyed it. I like that this devotional shows up how Jesus really is our Friend. He is always with us. The daily devotions are based on Scripture and are written as if Jesus is speaking to us. From the Scriptures we know He loves us, He is good, and He has great plans for us. These truths are evident in the verses and words throughout the book. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids is adapted from the grown-up version of the book and uses words that children will understand.

About Sarah Young
Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence – each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids. Giveaway ends Friday, February 12th. (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 what you have been learning from Jesus today, your favorite devotional, 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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Captive DVD

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Captive
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Studio: Paramount
Run Time: 96 minutes + 30 minutes of bonus content
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)
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Captive is a movie based on a true story of two people headed down the wrong path. Two strangers who would not have crossed paths with one another in every day life meet in the strangest of circumstances. Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a mom whose life is turned upside down by loss and addiction, and Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) a fugitive accused of crimes he denies and now on the run after killing several people. Confused and full of despair, they meet when Brian takes Ashley hostage in her own apartment. They are both trying to grab onto the last bit of hope in their own lives. Miracles upon miracles happen through the seven hours they were together. If it were just a made-up story, none of it would make any sense. Ashley should not even be alive. But this story is a story based on real events. God’s hand was at work in the midst of brokenness and darkness. What a powerful image of how He works! He uses those we would call unworthy to show purpose and love.

There is also bonus content that shows some behind-the-scenes of the movie filming, as well as sharing the story of the real Ashley Smith and where she is today.

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Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the Captive DVD. Giveaway ends Sunday, February 1st. (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 a purpose-driven life, movies based on true stories, or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the movie, 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 Plans I Have For You Devotional + Journal

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Journal

Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Released: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pages: 160 (devo) / 208 (journal)
For Ages: 8-12 yrs (devo) / 11-14 yrs (journal)
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Melody (age 8)
What the book is about: It’s about the plans God has for you.
Like: It tells you to do things God has planned for you in your life.
Dislike: Nothing.
Recommend: Kids

Emily (age 6)
What the book is about: It’s about God. It tells you about when you grow up.
Like: You’ll be strong…but not like God…He is really powerful.
Dislike: I didn’t like the long passages.
Recommend: I recommend it to my friends Bella and Becca.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
The devotional is 90 days. It is illustrated and colorful with creative drawings. This devotional gets kids thinking about the plans God has for them. There are a few long pages, but each day’s devotion is short and sweet. It points to the future and faith. It reminds kids that God has a plan and purpose for each one of us. While we have other devotionals that are “meatier” and dig a bit deeper into the Word, this one is perfect for us to end our day. There are no days listed, so you are free to read as many or as few pages as you like and reflect on the thoughts on God’s plan for us or connects us to a story of God’s plans for one of the people in the Bible. The journal has prompts to guide kids in their thinking of what their talents may be. We are all different, but we can work together to better the world around us. You know I love a good journal. (There is also a picture book for younger kids.)

About Amy Parker (author)
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing’s Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom’s Choice Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

About Vanessa Brantley-Newton (illustrator)
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who love to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Plans I Have For You Devotional and The Plans I Have For You Journal. Giveaway ends Saturday, January 30th. (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 what plans God has for you this year, your favorite devotional, 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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Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

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Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids
Author: Sami Cone
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Baker Books
Pages: 208
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It must be confusing to grow up as a kid nowadays. The Internet, media, and all the things have so many messages of who they want our kids (and us!) to be. If a young person is not rooted in good values, it would not take too much to challenge their thinking of what is good and what is not-so-good. Selfishness, holding grudges, being prideful, impatience, and ungratefulness come so naturally for most of us (both kids and adults!), and it would be easy to give into a negative attitude at times when we don’t get our way. It would go against the norm to raise uncommon kids. This is what Sami Cone talks about in her new book, Raising Uncommon Kids.

“What you do has far more impact on your children than what you say.” – Sami Cone

What does it mean to be an uncommon kid? This is a kid who shows gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more! Does such a kid (or even adult) exist? Probably not! As humans, we will never be perfect, but we can work for improvement and progress in how can we demonstrate unconditional love to those around us. Sami discusses twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17. Each chapter holds stories of Sami’s experience with one of the characteristics, and it ends with practical ways for us to guide our children in living out what love is to the world.

“Uncommon kids are not those who have been removed from the world but rather those who have been exposed to the world but choose God’s kingdom instead.” – Sami Cone

Two areas Sami writes about in the book that I would love to work on are gentleness and patience (what parent doesn’t!). I’m usually about the business of logic and productivity, so you can imagine how things can be around here since children usually aren’t all too logical or productive most of the time, mine aren’t anyhow. I do love their out-of-the-box thinking and creative ways, but some moments call for making sense and getting things done. You see? :p I need to work on this. As a parent, I am a main model of these characteristics and values to my children.

“It’s not enough to expose your children to how others live around them; it’s up to you as their parent to partner with them to discover ways they can lend a hand.” – Sami Cone

 

About the Author

Sami Cone is a (video) blogger, radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. As a frugal expert, she is equally comfortable sharing advice on screen as she is offering smart money-saving tips and how-to advice on her blog.

– Joyce

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Passion – Salvation’s Tide Is Rising

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Passion – Salvation’s Tide Is Rising
Label: sixstepsrecords (SIX)
Release date: January 1, 2016
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The annual live Passion album usually comes out around March or April following the New Year’s weekend conference. This year’s album released on January 1st as the album was instead recorded in studio. All the songs (except one) are originals and written specifically for the conference. Some standouts from the album are Simple Pursuit and Your Grace Amazes Me from Passion’s female worship leaders. The title track has good build and contrasting dynamics. Matt Redman offers a great worship anthem in I Turn To Christ. Kristian Stanfill covers one of the top worship songs of 2015: Good Good Father (written by Housefires). This year’s album also allows some of Passion’s upcoming in-house worship leaders to be featured on the album.

– Norm

Track List:
1. Salvation’s Tide is Rising – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2. My Victory – Passion featuring Crowder
3. Remember – Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4. God & God Alone – Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5. Simple Pursuit – Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6. I Turn to Christ – Passion featuring Matt Redman
7. Your Grace Amazes Me – Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8. All We Sinners – Passion featuring Crowder
9. Surrender – Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

About Passion albums and the Passion Movement:
Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like “Our God”, “Holy Is The Lord”, “How Great Is Our God”, and “God Of This City”. Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single “Even So Come”, which went Top 5.

The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louie Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the album Salvation’s Tide Is Rising. Giveaway ends Monday, January 18. (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.

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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.”

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

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ESV Men’s Devotional Bible
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher: Crossway
Pages: 1616
Retail Price: $34.99
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We have quite a few Bibles in our home, but we don’t have an ESV Bible or a men’s devotional Bible, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a combination of these two in Crossway’s new Bible! Norm has always had Bibles that were just the Scriptures or study Bibles, so he wasn’t used to seeing the verses split up by a page with a devotional on it. :p That will take some getting use to. He does like the overview of the books at the beginning of each book. I appreciate that the devotions have a focus on theology and how all of what is in the Bible ties in current, daily life. These words that were written many, many years ago are still applicable to our lives today.

About the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible:
Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life. The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness. With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders. Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God. Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today. The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.

Features:

  • 365 brand-new devotions
  • Brand new book introductions
  • 14 brand-new articles
  • Dictionary of key terms
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible. Giveaway ends Friday, November 27th. (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 the first Bible you got, your favorite translation of the Bible, 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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We Choose Virtues: Parenting Cards

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We Choose Virtues: Parenting Cards
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About The Parenting Cards

The Parenting Cards from We Choose Virtues are a simple and fun way to teach character to your kids. They are loaded with examples of how to choose and use virtues whether your kids are learning them for the first time or they just need to grow a bit more. You will learn action catchphrases and the antonyms to help define what the virtue is and what it is not. Your kids will love the lifestyle of goodness, and you will love being around your kids more than ever!

This set includes 12 Virtue cards. Retail Price: $38.99
Special promo for our readers: 20% off using VIRTUEBLOG

When we first received the We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards, the girls immediately wanted to look at them and read through the descriptions. They mentioned right away that the virtues are like the Fruit of the Spirit! The information on the back are helpful to guide kids (and parents!) in working through the virtues, whether you focus on one each day or one each week.

We’ve been reading some of the information on the back now and then, and I like that we are always on the lookout for what virtues are demonstrated when we are watching a show. They are great teachable moments! The girls really enjoy the characters, and I think they make it a little more relate-able. There is a little phrase that go along with each of the characters.

While we would like to live out all the virtues, we decided to choose one we would focus on in the upcoming year. I think the girls were pretty spot-on on what they need to work on, and their parents are also still both a work-in-progress too. ;)

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Melody (age 8)
What the cards are about: These cards teach kids how to live their lives and things they need to know.
Like: I like that there are different characters to show an example of the virtues.
Dislike: There was nothing I disliked.
Recommend: I would recommend them to people who love God.
What I learn: You can grow in the virtues.

Emily (age 6)
What the cards are about: I actually do not know.
Like: I like that they are helpful. You can look at them a lot. They are very useful. It can make you kind, helpful, patient, forgiving, honest…
Dislike: I don’t like that we don’t do some of them. We have to practice it. We don’t have any time to do it.
Recommend: Uhhhh, I recommend it to Mommy.
What I learned: You can be helpful.

This set includes 12 Virtue cards. Retail Price: $38.99
Special promo for our readers: 20% off using VIRTUEBLOG

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a set of the We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards. Giveaway ends Friday, December 4th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing about what virtue you think is one of the most important or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the cards, 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 We Choose Virtues 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. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”