Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for a ‘Buck’ (Plus a Summer Challenge)

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means school will be out for the summer! Parents, does that fill you with dread, knowing all you’ll hear for the next few months is, “I’m bored!”? Keep reading because we have a deal for you—one that will only cost you a buck and that will keep your kids safe online while allowing them to have fun and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Buck Oliver is back in the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, and to celebrate, you can try the Odyssey Adventure Club for just a buck for your first month. Sign up before May 31st using the promo code BUCK! *This deal only applies to first-time accounts and is good the first month only.

Members receive:

—24/7 streaming access to more than 750 Adventures in Odyssey episodes (a $1500 retail value).

—A new, members-only Adventures in Odyssey episode every month.

—A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine.

—A web quest of video stories and online activities reflecting the biblical theme of that month’s episode.

—On-the-go access with the OAClub mobile iOS app.

—Growing access to Odyssey books, a daily devotion, access to select Radio Theatre dramas and more.

Additionally, a portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations, such as Carry the Cure and Mission Aviation Fellowship, providing parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of serving others. The Odyssey Adventure Club hopes to spend another 25 years hand-in-hand with parents seeking to teach biblical truth to their children while inspiring the theater of their imagination.

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Your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are also Taking the Plunge in Album 59 and now you can, too! This summer, dive into your faith and grow closer to God by joining the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge. It includes these simple things:

  • Learn 5 memory verses
  • Get active with 5 family activities together
  • Share God’s love and your faith in 5 different ways

When you commit to the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge, you’ll receive:

  • A promo code for an exclusive Odyssey Adventure Club first month offer (for new members only)
  • Adventures in Odyssey special studio message
  • “Strange Journey Back” book excerpt
  • “Jones and Parker Mysteries” book excerpt

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Book Review: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

This review is part of a blog tour.  To see what others are saying about the book, click here.

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge
by
Colleen Coble

At the age of 4, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own birthday party on the lawn of the Hotel Tourmaline in Folly Shoals, Maine. A year later she mysteriously reappeared with a note pinned to her dress and no recollection of where she had spent the last year. Years later Claire returns to the hotel with her father for a series of business meetings. Being back in Folly Shoals triggers some disturbing memories for Claire and lead her to question what exactly happened in her childhood. As she begins to investigate, she stumbles upon some disturbing information and finds her life in danger. Not only that, but she begins to question everything she knows about her family and her past.

This is another awesome book by Colleen Coble, it kept my interest from the very first page. Claire’s story was intriguing and had me guessing at just what might happen next. Just when I thought I knew where the story was headed, there were twists and turns that took me even deeper into the story. If you’re a fan of mystery and suspense, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is a must read!

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Cookbook Review: Cookie Love

Cookie Love
by
Mindy Segal with Kate Leahy

Self proclaimed “cookie nerd”, Mindy Segal has put together a beautiful cookbook solely devoted to cookies. In addition to some amazing sounding recipes , Cookie Love has some drool-worthy photography. If names like Smoky Bacon Candy Bar Cookies and Chocolate Pretzel Shortbread with Milk Chocolate Caramel don’t catch your eye, the beautiful photos certainly will.

Cookie Love is divided into sections based on different types of cookies, including drop cookies, egg white cookies and shortbread. Each section starts with a page that provides a brief description of the cookie type as well as some tips about how to handle that specific dough. The book wraps up with some of Mindy’s tips and tools of the trade as well as a glimpse into her cookie pantry.

Being the busy soccer mom that I am I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but the season is over and I can’t wait to get baking!

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Book Review: The Waiting

The Waiting
by
Cathy LaGrow with Cindy Coloma

About the Book:

This video sums it up pretty well.

My Thoughts:

This was an excellent book to read and a reminder that it’s never to late to receive the desires of our hearts, even if it takes 77 years.  I enjoyed reading Minka’s story and learning about the deep love and commitment she had for her daughter even when it seemed like she’d never see her again. What was even more amazing was the reconciliation after mother and daughter were finally reunited. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

If you’d like to learn more go to thewaitingbook.com.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Cookbook Review: Trisha’s Table

Trisha’s Table
by
Trisha Yearwood

Trisha’s Table is the third cookbook released by country superstar, Trisha Yearwood. While her first two cookbooks feature down home Southern cooking recipes, this one promises to provide readers with a more balanced approach, somewhat following Trisha’s 80/20 rule on healthy eating. If you’re not familiar with the 80/20 rule, it simply means that 80% of the time you eat good, nutritious foods and the other 20% is where you splurge on stuff that might not be so healthy.  The 80/20 rule is one we aim to follow in our own home, so I was excited to see this new cookbook.

Trisha has put out a beautiful book; its pages are crisp, clear and full of beautiful pictures. What makes this cookbook stand out from others is how she puts her personal touch on it. Accompanying each recipe is a little story or anecdote about the recipe and how she came up with it, there are many stories about her friends and family. I’ve only had the book for a few days so I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but some that stand out to me are Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, Mrs. Carter’s Skillet Apple Pie and Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork. This beautiful cookbook would be a great addition to the shelf of anyone who loves southern cooking or just likes collecting cookbooks.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Book Review: On Shifting Sand

On Shifting Sand
by
Allison Pittman

     Set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era, On Shifting Sand tells the story of Nola Merrill. After her mother died and left her with a father who withheld love, Nola searched for an escape.  She thought she’d found her escape in Russ, a local pastor, but she was wrong. As the height of the Dust Bowl hits her tiny Oklahoma town, Nola finds that she’s still not satisfied with her life. This comes to a head when Russ’ friend from the past, Jim, makes an appearance at their home. Nola begins to find everything she thought she was missing through a relationship with Jim. When she commits the ultimate betrayal of her marriage vows, she finds herself weighed down in shame.  So weighed down that she eventually winds up in the hospital, barely hanging onto her life. When at last she finally admits her betrayal, she’s life to wonder if her husband’s love will be strong enough to hold them together when everything feels hopeless.

     Though the story told is in this story is one that has been told by multiple authors, what really sets it apart is how Pittman takes to reader right into the middle of the Dust Bowl. This is the third book I’ve read by Pittman and I’m always amazed at how well she researches the time periods her stories are set in, it’s so well written that it seems to use time travel to take the reader right there into the store. I found this book to be even more interesting that some of her others because my family lived through the Dust Bowl, eventually making their way from Oklahoma to California. While I’d heard stories before Pittman took my understand to a much deeper level with her descriptions and insight. I really enjoyed reading Nola’s story, but I was a bit annoyed by the fact that the resolution happens in the last chapter.  I really wished that the story had a chance to develop even further after that point, it almost feels as if there was more story to be told but not enough pages to tell it.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Book Review: Case for Grace for Kids

Case for Grace for Kids
by
Lee Strobel

This book is adapted from Strobel’s latest book, Case for Grace. Using stories of everyday people as examples of how God extends his grace, Strobel has crafted a book that gives kids an insight into just how much our gracious God loves us. He tells the stories in a way really engages kids and reveals the truth about grace to them.

I recently read through this book with my kiddos.  We all loved it and the picture it painted about the grace our God extends to everyone, even those we might think undeserving.  It really makes you understand that if God could should grace to executioners, thieves and liars, we can be sure he extends it to us as well. I loved the easy way Strobel addressed grace and made such a complex topic something easily accessible to children.  I’m looking forward to reading some of his other books for kids with my kiddos soon.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.