This giveaway is a little late to the party since I reviewed the film a few weeks ago, but it makes up for tardiness with quality! An Eco Smart Certified Organic Cotton Canvas bag with sturdy rope handles and a leather-look journal which says "Goodbye Christopher Robin" on the front and features a cute balloon on the back cover. The journal has a ribbon bookmark, elastic closure, and plenty of blank lined pages for your thoughts, dreams, goals and/or doodles.
Below are some additional pictures of the prizes. Check your email for a "WINNER NOTIFICATION: CANVAS BAG + JOURNAL" message at the end of the giveaway. As always, I do not require you to sign up for blog updates or newsletters to enter my email so you can enter my giveaways without dealing with more incoming to your inboxes.
Oasis International, in partnership with several major Christian organizations is launching The African Study Bible- the first study Bible developed by Africans with over 2,600 notes written by 350 contributors from 50 countries over the course of more than seven years. Oasis has partnered with Tyndale House Publishers and Urban Ministries Inc. to host the African Voices Conference from April 10-12 at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Along with thanksgiving and celebration of the ASB, distinguished leaders and scholars from Africa will 30 lectures on various topics including missional theology and the roots of Christianity in Africa.
The African Study Bible has already been released and celebrated in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana. The President of Kenya recorded a video blessing the ASB project. The upcoming schedule of celebrations of its release includes Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa June 4-11, as well as Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria June 29- July 1. Please join me in praising the Lord for bringing this project to completion and in praying for its use to His Glory and for His Kingdom throughout all of Africa and the entire world!
The ASB will be available for sale in the US in May and is being distributed by Tyndale House. It is a resource literally in its own category as there are no other Bibles written from this perspective or with this focus of ministering to the African people. With millions of individuals of African descent living in America, this resource is not only useful for those who live in or travel to Africa- it is very relevant right here in the melting pot of the United States.
Without further ado...
As a little girl, I went through a phase of complete adoration and daydreaming surrounding horses. So many of us did, right? Well, now my two elementary age sons are attending horse classes and they are having a blast while learning valuable animal husbandry skills. I have no idea whether they'll be able to own horses when they grow up, but if they do, I'll be over to visit often! I love seeing their eyes spark with curiosity. They are always excited when they spot a new DVD entering the house. "Can we watch it? Is it for us?"
"Race to Win" has earned the Seal of Approval from the Dove Foundation. The main character, Hannah, (Danielle Campbell) is grieving the loss of her father when they learn that their horse ranch - their home - may also be in danger. A financial crisis brings about some tough questions and challenges. Hannah thinks she has a solution, but it would require a great deal of courage on her part. Can she really take on such a big task without her father there to help and guide her? This movie will spark conversation. I will be asking my boys who they should seek guidance from when they face hard circumstances.
First things first, what's the scoop on the plot? Honestly, as much as I enjoyed God's Not Dead, I think God's Not Dead 2 has even greater potential to stir Christians to action (fervent prayer is a great first step!) in a respectful, compassionate way and to shed light on the fact that the ugly hand of discrimination sweeps farther than they may realize if they only see the 5 o'clock news. We can hear so many negative, seemingly outlandish things on the news, that some people tend to discredit the stories. I am always a fan of making informed decisions, so rather than discrediting an article or headline that piques my suspicion, I dig deeper. I find there's always more to the story than what makes it INTO the story.
Having the opportunity to ride along via dramatic film and see the ins, outs, and unexpected ripple effects of the scrutiny placed on Jesus Christ's place in our society and our freedom (or lack thereof) to express our beliefs sounds fascinating. And safe. Let's not lie, we Christians do like to be safe. Most movie theaters seem fairy safe and comfortable. Take a minute to pray for believers in other nations who daily face extreme physical danger for their faith in Christ. Not sure where to start praying? Head over to persecution.org (International Christian Concern) and sign up for a newsletter. There are options for monthly or weekly news and prayer requests. Want more than a newsletter? Do you prefer a community feel with an option to interact briefly? icommittopray.com (Voice of the Martyrs) sends out occasional emails with photos and specific prayer requests. You can share the requests on social media if you'd like. You can choose to click on the requests and be taken to their website where you can share your prayer, or read the prayers of others. What's beautiful about this is that sometimes the parties requesting prayer are able to access the prayers and read them during their times of distress. Talk about encouragement!
While both of those previous resources offer worldwide prayer requests, we cannot ignore the needs of our own country. If you haven't checked out what Franklin Graham (Samaratan's Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) is up to, you really should. When I was using Facebook, his posts were tremendously encouraging beams of light amidst the yuck that can often be posted on social media. Straight truth, seasoned with grace is how that man speaks. Don't we all need a little of that? I will be taking my whole family to our state capital when he arrives for the Decision America Tour of 2016. I've admired his father and won't pass the opportunity for my boys to see a great man of God and the assembly and felllowship of a church greater than the building in our local community. I'm sure there were some Christians who sat at home when Billy Graham toured, thinking this fuss wouldn't amount to much... I wonder if they ever looked back in hindsight and wondered that it would've been worth the trouble to attend? I'm not sure how much longer we'll have these opportunities.
So, about that giveaway? Without further adue...
· GND2 bag
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I have SUCH a treat in store for you all!!! Just for stumbling to my humble blog, and being interested in the inspirational movie "WOODLAWN" hitting theaters on October 16, you get a chance to win the awesome prize pack pictured above. Here's the scoop on what's inside:
Woodlawn by Todd Geralds- the book the movie is based on
Touchdown Tony by Tony Nathan- the autobiography of the superstar player on whose life the film is based
When God Shows Up by Robert Noland- a 40-day devotional tied to the themes of the film
and an Official "WOODLAWN" T-Shirt
WOODLAWN is based on the true story of how a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1970's overcame the conflict and anger unleashed following a government-mandated desegregation, utilizing the fruits of the Spirit.
If you missed my first post sharing how excited I was for this movie to come out, you should check out the trailer right now. I believe our nation needs a drastic change in the entertainment industry. If "you are what you eat" holds any truth or wisdom at all and we examine the media consumed by our culture, it makes the long-term health prognosis of morality in America look grim. I am so grateful for the hard work that goes into creating wholesome movies that families can enjoy together.
I would encourage you to support this movie by seeing it in the theater on Friday, but if you're one who doesn't want to spend the money on a ticket without more assurance that the show will be worthwhile, check back Friday for my review- I will post it by noon, God willing! Until then, don't forget to enter the giveaway:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love Review & Giveaway of Vintage "Touched By an Angel" Greeting Cards with CD Singles
Hearing that the producer of the "Touched By an Angel" series was working on a new TV movie series for Hallmark's Movies & Mysteries channel, I was intrigued. Sounds like there is potential... After an conference call interview with writer/producer Martha Williamson, where we discussed the depth of the plot lines since this is the first of the movies, the fact that the characters were developed partly as faucets of Martha's own personality, and a good deal about Martha's pledge to never create a movie her own kids (now teens) couldn't watch, and the need for media to cover difficult topics from an honest (but not sensationalized) faithful perspective, I was really excited.
Except, that it is focused around the postal system. Hmm, sure, call it a mystery that some mail doesn't get to its destination, but this didn't pique my interest at all. The mystery, as in many good shows, is as much in the relationships presented as in the "facts" of the cases involved. My attention was captured and kept the entire movie through, not a single foul or inappropriate word was spoken, there were times I expected I'd guessed an outcome (and I was wrong) and my emotions were pulled in as much as my curiousity without being a sensationalized tear-jerker (sorry, I sometimes associate Hallmark with heavy appeals to our heartstrings from the features I used to watch on this channel years ago when I had TV!).
For being unsure how much a TV movie series could offer, but excited at a wholesome values producer out to make a family friendly series we can sit down to, I am definitely off the fence after viewing Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love. I am actually finding myself wishing we had TV so I could see the next of the series when it arrives (we won't be held waiting ridiculously long since Martha's been on a creative writing streak and they've been filming diligently). If that isn't a glowing review, I don't know what more to say! :)
I was also given 3 vintage greeting cards from the original "Touched By an Angel" series that I am giving away to readers. The beautiful CD greeting cards are part of a limited edition greeting with rare images of the Touched By An Angel cast that each contain a CD single of a song that was featured in an episode of the beloved series. They were originally sold for $5.99 each and can no longer be purchased anywhere. The film premieres tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, so when you're settling in to watch it (or during a commercial/snack break), swing back on by this post and enter to win!
As he continued to deploy for the second and third tours, relationships within his unit tightened and losses suffered cut deeply. When he was back stateside with his family and his daughter was born, Chris's sense of urgency and ability to "tune out" background or outdoor noises was markedly different from civilians. With talk of going on a fourth tour, his marriage reflected the strain of absence and his wife questioned his priorities. The intensity of war offered little time to gather his thoughts and his nickname as "The Legend" had earned both a hefty reward for his death and a high expectation from other servicemen. Having fought so hard to defend the life of others overseas, falling into the laid back role of a husband and father in a noncombat zone was unnatural. "At ease" was something his mind couldn't attain despite his body being at rest.
"American Sniper" is an extended feature (132 minutes) based on the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Chris, played by Bradley Cooper, was a newlywed when he went on the first of 4 tours. Clint Eastwood's directing shows us that on his first tour Chris was quickly confronted with the gruesome duty of protecting our nation. His senses went on hyper-alert with the ever present knowledge that his comrades' lives depended on his diligence. Returning home from his first tour, his son was born and reconnecting with his wife seemed a welcome relief.
“American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through , void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
I also have a copy of "American Sniper" (DVD, Blu-ray Disc & digital version) which I am fortunate enough to be able to give away. Grace Hill Media was kind enough to offer it to me, along with a copy for my review, and I extend it to my readers. (I also want to credit them for sending me a THIRD copy designated to be given to a veteran, how awesome is that?)
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