Book Review: The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God

The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God
by
Jep & Jessica Robertson

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years or so, you’ve at least heard of the Robertson family and their show “Duck Dynasty.” Most people are familiar with Phil, Miss Kay, Willie and Jase but not as much is known about “Willie’s Other Brother”, Jep.  In The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God we get a closer look at Jep and his wife, Jessica.

This story is quite interesting; Jessica was previously married and Jep fell into the pit of drug and alcohol addiction. It’s not your typical love story, but it’s a story that has its own sort of beauty. I really enjoyed learning about their lives and getting a glimpse into how their past experiences shaped them into who they are today.  Reading it deepened the respect that I already had for the Robertson family, they seem to be a family that stays true to who they are whether the cameras are on or off.

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.

Sonlight Curriculum Giveaway

If you’ve ever homeschooled or looked into it, you know how expensive it can be.  This is especially true of complete curriculum packages. Sonlight realizes that too, so in celebration of their 25th anniversary they’re hosting the Mom-to-Mom giveaway.  Two winners will receive a full year of curriculum.  This is a great way to save some money or just check out Sonlight and see if it works for your family.

 

Follow the link below to enter!
Mom-to-Mom Curriculum Giveaway
– See more at: http://25.sonlight.com/my-account/#sthash.sVUVPbhg.dpuf

Book Review: A Warrior’s Faith

A Warrior’s Faith
by
Robert Veta

Full of devotion and drive, Ryan Job defeated the odds and accomplished his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. While serving alongside Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame, Job was shot in the head on a Iraqi rooftop. Overcoming the odds again, he survived. What most people would see as a major setback in their lives, Ryan Job saw as something else he would overcome. Comparing Ryan’s life to the biblical account of Job, Robert Veta tells the story of a courageous and strong young man who never faced an obstacle that stopped him in his tracks.

I enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I had gone into it expecting more of Job’s story, but this book felt as if it was more like an account of Veta’s encounters with Job. That being said, it’s an amazing and inspiring story; one that helps the reader put things into perspective. Anytime I read a book like this, I am always in awe of the amazing brotherhood that our special forces members develop and the lives that they lead. This book is no exception and I recommend it for anyone interested in such accounts.

To get a sample chapter, click here.

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: Who’s the New Kid?

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

Who’s the New Kid?
by
Heidi Bond

When her 9-year old daughter, Breanna, tipped the scales at 186 pounds, Heidi Bond knew it was time to take some serious action. Rather than resort to drastic measure like medications and surgeries, Heidi enacted dietary and fitness changes that resulted in Breanna dropping 40% of her body weight in just over year. In Who’s the New Kid?, Heidi tells her story and walks readers through the changes the Bond family made and the results they saw. The last half of the book has many fitness and nutrition tips, as well as a 40-day nutrition plan to help readers develop healthier habits.

I found this book to be quite interesting and I commend Heidi Bond for taking matters into her own hands and taking on the challenge to better her daughter’s life. I found some of the tactics she used a bit extreme, but I’ve never been in her shoes.  If I had a morbidly obese child, I may enact some of these same changes. I was excited to see that this book advocates diet and exercise for weight loss rather than pills and/or surgeries. The 40-day nutrition guide at the end of the book is a great resource, too.

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.

Join Odyssey Adventure Club for a Summer Challenge and Movie Ticket Giveaway

Take the plungebanner banner

Summer . . . a time that kids pine for during the school year and parents may anticipate with something akin to dread. Fearing refrains of “I’m bored” or hours spent on the couch playing video games can make moms and dads nervous about the long, hot months stretching before their family. Focus on the Family’s Odyssey Adventure Club offers an answer, encouraging parents and kids to embrace faith and fun with the Take the Plunge Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine’s Summer Challenge.

Take the Plunge

The Take the Plunge challenge features:

  • Master Mind Monday — commit God’s Word to memory
  • Ways to Play Wednesday — spend active time with your family
  • Faith Sharing Friday — share God’s love with others

The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again. Those who sign up will receive an 11-week plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and ways to witness (such as passing out popsicles at the park with an invitation to your church), making this challenge the perfect tool for parents who want summer to be a time of spiritual and social stimulation for their kids.

“Research tells us that the more senses we involve when teaching children a principle, the more likely it is to stick,” Plugged In editor and Adventures in Odyssey podcast host Bob Smithouser says. “Bible memorization by itself is great, but it becomes even more powerful when put into action. Know it. Share it. Live it.”

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

A Bonus Contest

From June 1–5, tell us in 30 words or less how you are going to take the plunge to deepen your faith this summer for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the theatrical release of Beyond The Mask June 5th weekend and free access to the Odyssey Adventure Club all summer long (June, July, August—total $85 prize value)!

Send your entry to contests@whitsend.org. Two winners will be chosen to win each day June 1-5 and announced on the Adventures in Odyssey Facebook Page.

Entries will be chosen based on creativity and writing skill. Rules are available at whitsend.org.

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

oac-may

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.

OAC-May-Offer

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.