Thursday, July 2, 2015

Catching Faith DVD Review

Synopsis:  John and Alexa Taylor appear to have the perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and his bright future are on the line. With the football season at stake and the judgmental community turning their backs on them, every member of the Taylor family is at a crossroads. Now, they must find the strength from one another, and the spiritual courage from within, to prove that faith and family is the only score that really matters.


 
My review:
 
It seems that Alexa's world is perfect.  She is a stay at home mom with twins.  Her son is the star of the football team and her daughter is the valedictorian of the senior class.  She is married to a successful businessman and has the support of her father. But one day, it all falls apart.  Alexa does not know how to keep it together, but she learns to trust in God and be content to be His Child. 
 
This movie showed how even though some tough situations can happen in a person's life, God is always there.  Alexa's father died and her mother moved in but was not an easy person to live with.  Her son was caught at party drinking and she and her husband decided to ask him to step out of the football games per the handbook rules.  Her daughter had the opportunity to cheat on her hardest exam to keep her senior standing.  And Alexa hid the fact that she exchanged a gift her husband gave to her.  Alexa decides to not let anyone but God be her guide even when her world comes crashing down on her.  She realizes that having faith is all that she needs.   
 
I really liked how the son was humbled, yet kept a good attitude (after a bit) and was able to help the coach during football games.  And the twins had some cute moments where they supported each other in their struggles.  This was a great movie to promote family unity. 
 
Find more resources here: http://www.catchingfaith.com/
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recipe for Summer: Breakfast Salad

So the other day I couldn't think of anything to make for dinner, but I knew I wanted a salad.  I usually don't go for salads with hard boiled egg, but I thought I would give it a try.  So I did!  Here is what I came up with.  I shared it on my personal facebook page and got lots of  "likes." 



Breakfast Salad:
Lettuce or Spinach
1 hard boiled egg cut in chunks
2 slices of turkey bacon cut in small pieces
1/2 an avocado
a bit of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tomato cut (I added this after I took the picture)

Very good and healthy!  Enjoy!  PS.  I actually eat this for lunch, but I call it breakfast salad since it's all stuff I would eat at breakfast. 

Speaking of breakfast, be sure to sign up for the  30 Day Simple Green Smoothie Challenge for July!   It's FREE!  I love the smoothie recipes the have.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Father's Love DVD Review


My review:   Sarah is young woman full of life and laughter, but she longs for love and romance.  She meets Reece at a party and he begins to pursue her.  He gives her everything her heart dreams.  Then he begins to act mysterious and starts to change their dates and cancel trips.  Sarah can't seem to understand this change, but when he offers make up gifts she forgives him and runs back to his arms.  Then he drops a bombshell on her and she's crushed.  She sinks into a depression, but begins to look to God for love and security.  Sarah still learns some hard lessons and goes back to Reece as he insists he still loves her even though he is married.  She eventually realizes that she is not who she wants to be and says good bye to Reece and yes to God.

I felt really bad for Sarah when she discovers Reece's secret and then I wondered why she still seem to need him.  I can see that many women would fall into a cycle like this without realizing that God is the answer to all their needs.  This movie was inspired by a true story and shares how God can help heal a broken heart.  Women are inspired to pursue the love of the Father and to embrace the freedom and hope found only in God.  I thought this movie had a sweet ending as Sarah realized The Father's Love. 


Synopsis: Struggling to find fulfillment in romance, blossoming filmmaker, Sarah moves to New York City to pursue her passion.  Then she meets Reece, the man of her dreams!  As the story unravels, Sarah experiences heartbreak and forgiveness as she ponders a lifetime of relationships.  Can she find the strength to put the past behind her?

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Virtuous DVD Review

 
Virtuous is a film about how women can overcome the toughest circumstances with great support both spiritual and relational.  Simone Burner, a young woman with a rough past, is a hard working college girl who gets followed home one night and ends up murdering her attacker in self defense.  The young man happened to be the grandson of a prominent man in the town.  Simone runs away and seeks the help of Jack Evans (Erik Estrada) to fight her case.  There are many women featured in this film with difficult circumstances but with God's grace they were able to face their situations and be strong. 
 
This movie had one main story, but several stories that all connected the women (each demonstrating the virtues of Proverbs 31)  who were impacting the world around them.  The main theme was that women were made to be daughters of the King which empowered these women  to have courage, tenacity and strength.  I really liked how the wife of Jack Evans gave Simone attention and love despite her impending trial.  And of course it was fun to see Erik Estrada riding a motorcycle just like he did in CHiPs (that I did watch as a young girl). There were several surprising story connections and one husband/wife interaction that I did not anticipate changing like it did.  I thought the music was great and the story held a lot of hope and freedom for women to pursue.  Some other actors that were on the cast were Jessica Lynch (first woman POW rescued since WWII) and Brandy Allison (Christian Recording Artist) as Simone Burner.
 
To find out more visit the website: http://www.virtuousfilm.com/
 
There is also a great discussion guide which covers all the virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman as displayed in the movie: Hope, Resilience, Compassion, Loyalty, Humility, Intention, Determination, Wisdom, Selflessness and Cherished. 
 
 

 
Synopsis:  When a young woman, Simone Burner (singer/songwriter, Brandy Allison), is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the helps of attorney Jack Evans (Erik Estrada, TV’s CHiPs) to prove her innocence. A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings the past she’s longed to escape to the forefront of her defense. “Virtuous” will inspire and ignite you to live the principles of Proverbs 31 –faith, integrity, wisdom and honor.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart Season Premier and Season 1 DVD collection Giveaway (ENDS 5/3)


 
 
OK, the season premier we have all been waiting for is HERE!
Tune into the Hallmark Channel this Saturday for the 2 hour special!
 
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 coalmining 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.
 
 
 
The second season of When Calls the Heart is highly anticipated!  When we last saw Jack and Elizabeth, they had shared their first kiss.  Of course, things are still not set in stone, but their relationship has progressed beyond friendship, but they still remain proper and sweet to each other.  As this season begins, Elizabeth receives a telegram to return home to her mother who is ill.  Jack escorts her home and meets the family, but as Elizabeth fits right in to her former life, Jack does not.  Not only that, a former beau, Charles, shows up and starts to pay a great deal of attention to her.  Meanwhile, back in Coal Valley, a trial to clear Noah Stanton's name is underway.  The results will leave you astounded!  This 2 hour special is full of mystery, secrets, love triangles and new beginnings!  This season is one not to be missed!  Be sure to tune in to the premier on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday.
 
GIVEAWAY:
When Calls the Heart Season 1 on DVD
 
Open to valid addresses in US and Canada only.
 
To ENTER:
1. Answer this question-  Who is your favorite character(s) on When Calls the Heart and why?
2. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
 
Giveaway ends: SUNDAY, May 3 at midnight.
 
 
 
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.”
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Missional Women- Free App!!

Missional Women


Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to impact your world for Christ?
What are resources that help you in that journey?

Recently, the Missional Women blog hosted by Laura Krokos launched a new FREE App that has many resources available that will help you in your mission to reach the world for Christ.

Missional Women's photo.
The app has a lot of different parts.  When you tap on Blog you will get a screen with these titles: Ministry, God's Word, Relationships, World and Life.  Under each of these topics are about 10 blog posts.  There is also an Audio Bible reading plan or just an online Bible.  There are resources for Discipleship along with a link to subscribe to the Ministry Resource Library, free wall paper and lockscreens, videos, free printables, discipleship material and how to start a relationship with God.

One of the parts of the app that I really like are the challenges.  There are two challenges: Prayer and Evangelism.  Each have 31 days of different prompts.  I started the Prayer challenge and was thanking God for being the Creator.  The Evangelism challenge has a lot of great spiritual conversation prompts. 

Here is an example of one of the videos that shows Laura sharing the barriers and how to break through them when sharing the Gospel. 
 
 
Be sure to check out the app store on your digital device to download this great resource for free!
 
I am excited to see how this ministry will help women to engage in the culture and make a deep impact for Christ!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom DVD Review


My Review:  In Plain Sight is a documentary of the many men and women who are helping those who have been trapped in the sex trafficking industry by no choice of their own.  They are rescuing young women and men who want to find freedom.  It is  interesting to note that the cities where these abolitionists are working are major cities that are considered "normal" yet this dark side of sex trafficking is drowning the victims and they need help.  This documentary shows how the love of the body of Christ can transform young women who have no hope.  They give a new life to these young women so they can learn to live a better life and use the skills that will give them the confidence to move beyond this tragic life.  There is hope and there is freedom for these victims! 
 
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant

 
IN PLAIN SIGHT
STORIES OF HOPE AND FREEDOM
 
RELEASING TO VIDEO January 13th 2015
 
Nashville, Tennessee- Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Premieres are scheduled around the nation in during January 2015.  Journeying to six US cities, the documentary opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street "in plain sight". Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
 
“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”
 
“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you,” said Natalie Grant, narrator and co-executive producer.
 
With a focus on educating the American public and motivating people to take action, the campaign centers around three resources to be released by Word Entertainment. The DVD, music album, and 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide will be available in stores nationwide on December 23rd, 2014. 
 
To learn more and watch the trailer, visit www.Wordfilms.com or www.inplainsightfilm.com.
 
Synopsis:  In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’  Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review from Edify Media, Inc.  All opinions are my own.*