Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Friday, September 22, 2017


Attention Matthew West fans! The wait is over, and his new CD, All In is here! I was over the moon to have the opportunity to receive a copy of this album, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I confess that I stalked my mailbox for days, in anticipation of its arrival. The day of delivery had my 11 year old (and me) cheering. We wasted no time in getting it in the CD player, and held our breath as the first notes filled the room.

Before I tell you what we think of Mr. West's new project, here's a little "behind the scenes" blurb regarding his thoughts about this work:

Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to
get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with
God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that
may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme,
Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18,
and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds
nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

Social Corner:

Broken Things (story behind the song):

All In (Story Behind The Song):

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HashTags to use: #ALLIN & #FlyBy

Alright, I'm back. So, after listening to this album quite a few times, the verdict is...

Fantastic! It's fantastic! I am always amazed at the talent of a recording artist like Matthew West. How is it that he can put out album after album, with each one being not only great to listen to, but spiritually meaningful? There are the faster paced songs like the title song, All In, that motivate you to turn up the volume LOUD, and songs like the 4th track, Amen, that have you ready to jump out of your seat and dance.
Mercy Is A Song is one of the slower songs that resonates with me. The melody is beautiful, the lyrics are simple but powerful, and the message is, well, Hope.

This album also features Matthew West's daughter, Lulu, on a couple of songs. She has a lovely voice too! And speaking of daughters, I'm thrilled that this is an album that my kids love to listen to with me. He reaches across the age boundary, and appeals to young and old(er).

My daughter wholeheartedly agrees with me, this album gets our seal of approval. We'll be listening to this one for a long time to come.

Now, would YOU like to receive a FREE copy of your very own? There is a copy available for one lucky reader!

All you need to do is 1.) Follow me here on my blog, and 2.) Comment on this post, and leave your name and email address so I can contact you.
One person will be chosen randomly on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

“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 on the same blog, 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.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The NIV kids' visual Study Bible

        "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." ~ 3 John 1:4

This, this verse above says it all. As a Christian parent, my highest desire is that my daughters would cultivate a growing, fervent love for the Lord.

I am so far from perfect, and I fail more than I would like, but I do try to use those times to point out my (and every person's) desperate need for Jesus. It is a humbling thing to know that your kids are watching you, modeling your behavior, good and bad. There are many ways that a parent, guardian, teacher, etc., may encourage a child in his or her walk with Christ. One of those ways relates to their devotional, or quiet time, reading the Bible. It should go without saying, that studying, and meditating on the Word of God, is vital to our spiritual health.
For this reason, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the NIV kids' visual Study Bible. (I received a free copy of this Book in exchange for an honest opinion.)

For about a week or so prior to hearing about this review, my 11 year old had been talking about her need for a new Bible, having outgrown her current one that is written for younger ages.
Needless to say, she was over the moon with happiness to help in the evaluation process.

So, let's talk about this Bible!
First, a general overview. The NIV kid's visual study Bible is designed for kids aged 8-12 years old. This is a lovely, colorful version with over 700 photographs. Each book features a quick introduction with key facts, and photos. Every page has a yellow sidebar, with illustrations, and study notes about various Scriptures. There is also a handy ribbon attached, to easily bookmark a place. You'll also find an index to maps.
While the target demographic for this Bible is the pre-teen/tween set, it is the same NIV translation made for adults. Nothing watered down. 

How about a few photos?

I like this Bible! I love study notes, colorful pages, and miscellaneous information that takes me deeper into the Word. Those aspects are effective in drawing in the reader, and making Scripture come alive.

My daughter spent plenty of time using this Bible, and she was happy to offer her list of pros and cons.

The positives:

She found the extra features informative, and interesting. She liked the photos and illustrations, as well as the sidebar study notes. The sidebar also provides room to take notes during personal reading, and while listening to sermons at church.

The not so positives:

The list for the cons is small. In fact there are only two. The first, relates to font size. It's pretty small, and can feel like it's necessary to strain to read at times.
The other concerns the sidebars. They appear on every page, although not every sidebar has any text at all. While that does leave extra room for taking notes, my daughter felt that it created wasted space, and that perhaps if they were not there, the text could have been printed in a larger font.

Her final rating? 4.5 out of 5 stars. I agree completely. Great Bible, great version. Two thumbs up, check it out!

NIV kids' visual study Bible

Published by Zondervan

Find it on Amazon right now for $21.26

Find it at Barnes and Noble for $21.99