Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms Book Review & Giveaway

 

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As a mom of 6, I know first hand how hard it is to fit in Bible reading and devotion time. It’s not because we don’t want to. It’s because we have these little people all clamoring for our attention. Often several at the same time. Add in work, and all the other responsibilities moms have, and it sure is hard to fit anything in!

 

That’s why I’m really liking Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms. Grit & Grace is a 90 day devotional for busy moms. Daily devotions take less than 5 minutes to read. Each devotion includes Bible verses, a prayer, along with a true story of motherhood with the spiritual truths the authors learned by going through the experience with their kids. This devotional is fully self contained, you don’t need to gather your Bible, notebook, pen, etc.

 

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Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms Book Review & Giveaway

 

Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms is written for moms of young children. Babies, toddlers, and early elementary. I had all of those at the same time, along with a couple of teenagers, too. lol My oldest was 14 when my youngest was born. From reading these devotionals, I think they are appropriate for moms with kids of all ages. And Grandma’s too! Let’s not leave out the grandmas! I am one now. lol This devotional will encourage you while you spend quality time with your grandchildren. If you are one of the many, many grandmothers now raising your grandchildren, you will benefit greatly from this devotional book.

The authors are both busy moms that use their own real life stories, along with humor to help encourage moms. As you read the Bible verses and prayer that go along with each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

I have enjoyed reading the devotionals in Grit & Grace, now I’m going to pass my copy on to my daughter. My granddaughter is 6 months old now, and I know these devotions will really help and encourage my daughter as she walks through this journey of motherhood.

 

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Grit & Grace Devotionals for Warrior Moms is now available to purchase in bookstores and online. (affiliate link)

 

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The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk – New Series from Prison Fellowship

 

I think it’s safe to say we all know someone that is, or has been, in jail. Whether that is a family member, a friend, a friends family member, or a neighbor. According to statistics from Prison Fellowship, America is home to only 4% of the world’s population, but we house more than 20% of its prisoners.

 

I personally spent about 10 months last year helping a family member that had just gotten out of jail. They have now been out for a year. They have worked hard to reach their goals – get a job, get their drivers license back, buy a vehicle. Not easy goals when you start with nothing.

 

Recidivism, the tendency of a criminal to reoffend, is out of control. The odds are against them, with over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years. That’s why it is so important for prisoners to get the help they need to get their lives in order so they don’t have to go back to prison again.

 

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Prison Fellowships new series The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting incarceration and recidivism head on.

 

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The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, is a 5-part documentary series that follows one man as he re-enters his community after 15 years in prison. As they tell Jonathan’s story we see what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see communities restored.

Because that should be the goal. Helping people to reclaim their lives, so we can reclaim our communities.

 

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Watch The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk episode one below. Visit The Restoration Series website to watch the rest of the series.

 

 

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Artsy Olive Personalized Prints Review & Giveaway

 

 

After I visited the Artsy Olive website, I just knew I was going to love their personalized prints! I had a hard time deciding which print to get as there are so many great ones!

 

The deciding was the hard part! Ordering was super easy. The website walks you through it, and you get to see a preview of what your print will look like personalized with your choice of name, or phrase on it. I chose the 7.7×7.7 size, but there are several to choose from.

 

I ordered my print on a Wednesday night at 10:30. I received an email saying that my order had shipped the next day, Thursday, at 1:30 in the afternoon. So fast! My print was delivered on Saturday.

 

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I was impressed with the packaging. My print was sandwiched between 2 layers of packing peanuts. It wasn’t going anywhere! lol I blocked out the family’s last name for privacy reasons. And so they don’t know the gift is for them!

 

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Inside, it had corner protectors on it, and was wrapped in plastic. My print arrived in perfect condition!

 

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My personalized print is amazing! It looks just like the picture on the website.

 

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It looks so good hanging on the wall! I will be giving this print as a gift. I’m sure it’s going to look amazing on their walls, too.

 

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I love this print so much, I’m going to be ordering one (or more! lol) for myself. Include in the box was this card. It explains how you can order a frame with your first print, then order prints only on future orders, and use the same frame. You can store up to 12 prints in one frame! How awesome is that! Store all your holiday prints behind the current one you are displaying. No storing multiple frames when you aren’t using them! An awesome space saver for those with limited storage space. And a money saver! Only by one frame!

 

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This is going to be an awesome Christmas gift! They are going to love it!

There’s still time for Christmas delivery! To give an Artsy Olive personalized print as a gift this Christmas, go to the Artsy Olive website may use the promo code “blog15″ and get a 15% discount on their order. It is good December 1-30 for unlimited use. So you can get one, or more, for yourself, too!

 

 

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The New Little Women Movie Review

 

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Little Women by Lousia May Alcott.  I have loved this book since the first time I read it! I have also thoroughly enjoy watching every Little Women movie that has been made. Several times! lol

 

Now there is a new Little Women movie!

 

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

 

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The New Little Women Movie Review

 

Since I am a big fan of Little Women, I noticed a few things that bothered me about this new movie.

It is supposed to be set in harsh times, but they don’t seem to have it that bad off. I really noticed no representation of harsh times in the movie.

In previous versions, Marmie and the girls are shown repeatedly doing their part to help others. In this version, volunteering is mentioned, once that I noticed, but there is nothing shown of the girls and Marmie doing anything to help others. That was such a big part of the original, and subsequent versions, that it is noticeably absent. The girls seem wrapped up in themselves instead of caring for others.

In previous versions, Marmie was home every night, and there a was family life. When she wasn’t there, there was a housekeeper to take care of the girls. In this version, Marmie isn’t seen very much. She certainly isn’t shown with the girls every day. With no housekeeper, it seems like the girls are just on their own most of the time.

Another thing that was changed was Beth’s illness. Jo cut her hair, her one beauty, in solidarity to her sister Beth who was diagnosed with leukemia. Jo sold her hair to pay for the gumball machine she broke when leaving the hospital in a fit of rage after Beth was diagnosed.

There are significant differences between this movie and previous movies, and the book. I hope it doesn’t seem like I am picking this movie apart. When you’ve read the book and seen other versions of a movie, you notice differences. I don’t think that diminishes this movie, though.

Overall, I enjoyed this new Little Women movie. It’s an entertaining movie about family, friendship, love, and purpose.

 

 

Here, Clare Niederpruem, the writer and director, joins the cast to talk about this modern retelling of Little Women.

 

 

Little Women has a PG-13 rating for some thematic elements and teen drinking.

Little Women releases in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 28th, 2018.

For more information about Little Women, visit the official Little Women website. Follow Little Women on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

 

*Disclosure: I watched an online screener version of this movie for free in order to write this review. My opinions are my own.

Healed by Grace 2 Review & DVD Set Giveaway

 

I love a good family movie. One that you can sit down and watch without worrying about what your kids are being exposed to.  Maybe you don’t have young kids anymore, I don’t, my youngest is now 18. I still love a good family movie so “I” don’t have to worry about the language, or other content that I don’t want to see myself.

Healed by Grace 2 is just that kind of movie. It is Dove Approved for all ages. Healed by Grace 2 release in digital format on 8/20/18 and releases on DVD on 9/18/18. I was able to watch a digital screener version of the movie for this review.

 

 

Healed by Grace 2 Review & DVD Set Giveaway

 

About Healed by Grace 2 Ten Days of Grace

 

Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and the only gift she desires is a horse. Unbeknownst to Jesse, her mother Brandy is in the throes of a cancer diagnosis which has Jesse’s father jumping through unexpected obstacles. He signs Jesse up for summer camp, but when summer camp falls through he decides to have her stay with her estranged grandfather, an old gruff horse trainer named Gauff. Gauff, still recovering from the death of a special horse named Grace, now faces the challenges of teen negotiation. Gauff finds he must swallow his pride and ask his daughter Brandy for forgiveness. A humorous and inspiring story of how God’s grace works in mysterious ways.

 

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When Jesse’s father meets her grandfather – I am your son in law

 

 

When Jesse first meets Grace…

 

 

 

Jesse’s mother Brandy, estranged from her father,  didn’t know that her husband had dropped Jesse off with him. Jesse finds out that her mother had a cancer scare and no one told her. Gauff, Jesse’s grandfather, has to come to terms with his behavior while he was raising his daughter. While Brandy is racing to get to her father’s to get Jesse, Gauff, prays for forgiveness, and apologizes to his granddaughter. When Brandy & Jesse are reunited, Brandy tries to take Jesse home, but she doesn’t want to leave once she finds out her mother will be fine. While there, Brandy confronts her father about his behavior when she was a kid. He admits there is no excuse for his behavior and that he thought she was better off without him in her life. He then gets down on one knee and begs for her forgiveness, and a chance to start over.

 

The themes throughout Healed by Grace 2: Ten Days of Grace are faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Healed by Grace 2 shows us that we can overcome out pasts. We can ask others for forgiveness, and extend forgiveness to them. And that we can mend relationships that we never thought that we would be able to reconcile.

 

For more information about Healed by Grace 2, visit the Healed by Grace website.

 

Healed by Grace 2: Ten Days of Grace is available on Amazon and
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Healed by Grace and Healed by Grace 2 DVD Set Giveaway

 

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Turns out that Gauff – the cantankerous horse trainer – has a dark past that includes a messy divorce and hopelessly strained relationship with his adult daughter Brandy, who won’t even speak to him. But when Brandy experiences a health scare, Gauff finds himself looking after his 14 year old girl granddaughter – whom he was unaware of just days before! It’s a heartwarming tale of connection and reconciliation set in a scenic and inspiring equestrian setting.

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Riley Adams dreamed of being a world class dancer, but a horrific accident brings her dreams to a standstill. Faced with her greatest setback, Riley clings to her faith, determined to recover in time for the national competition. Through equine therapy, she discovers a special bond with a beautiful mare named Grace, and a most unexpected burgeoning romance as well! Just when it seems the old Riley is back, disaster strikes and it seems all her efforts will come to nothing. That is, until God’s grace appears from a most unexpected place.

Healed By Grace is a charming film series placed in an idyllic equestrian setting.

 

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Paul Apostle of Christ – Review & Giveaway

 

I sat down in the living room the other night to watch Paul, Apostle of Christ with my husband. We started it at about 9 pm while waiting for some of our kids to get home. Which was totally a bad time to start watching a movie. lol The movie starts out slow, and I just couldn’t follow it. I thought it was just me, but my husband said he had trouble follow it as well. So we turned it off to try another day. A few days later we tried again.

 

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We were right about the it moving slow in the beginning. But we were able to follow the story line a lot better the 2nd time around.  I should know better than to start a movie that late. lol Thankfully, they included several story line screens that really helped us follow along.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ starts when Paul is already in prison, and ends with his death. It is not set entirely in the prison. The story also follows Priscilla, Aquila, and Luke, to name a few. So we see them outside of the prison, in their community, with others. We see the difficult days of early Christianity, and the effect of Emperor Nero’s persecution of the early church.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

 

Paul, played by James Faulkner, who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke, played by Jim Caviezel, his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius, played by Oliver Martinez, the prison’s prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ is written and directed by Andrew Hyatt, and also stars Joanne Whalley and John Lynch.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

While Paul, Apostle of Christ does start out slow, it definitely gets better! While I would have liked to see more of Paul’s story, how his name change came about for example, this is a very enjoyable movie. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence. There are a few scenes that kids might find disturbing. I suggest watching it yourself first, to be sure it’s something you want your kids to see, and that your kids can handle it.  Check out the trailer.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ Official Trailer

 

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ – The Heart of the Story

Check out this video of the story behind the making of Paul, Apostle of Christ. The heart of the story.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ is now on DVD and BluRay. You can connect with Paul, Apostle of Christ movie on Facebook and Instagram.

I really hope that they make more movies like this one, about the other apostles! For now, I will be sharing this movie with all my kids.

 

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Steps of Faith Movie Review and Giveaway

*I watched a screener copy of this movie for free online to facilitate this review.
What would you do if God told you to pack up and move to a new city? What if you had to walk up to someone and tell them that God told you to come work for them?

 

Both of those things would be hard, wouldn’t they? Outside of our comfort zone for most of us.

 

But that’s exactly what happened to the main character, Faith, in Steps of Faith.

 

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Steps of Faith opens with Faith getting toilet papered by a boy at church. lol She does not have a good track record of working with kids.

When Faith tells her family that God wants her to move and work with kids, they are not supportive. They point out that she doesn’t go to church more than once a month, and how she doesn’t even like kids or animals. After that argument with her parents, she asks God for one more sign that this is really what He wants her to do. The next day at work, her boss asks her to send a check to Steps of Faith. That’s her sign to go. She goes to her parents again to seek their blessing on her move. They are still not supportive of her.

 

“If this is your calling, than what does it matter how we feel about it.” – Mom

“Are you going to move even if we don’t give you are blessings?” – Dad

“Yes” – Faith

“Well, then there’s your answer.” – Dad

“I’m leaving on Wednesday” – Faith

“Are you two just going to let her walk out the door? You sit in service every Sunday, but because your daughter is following the voice of God you’re ready to shoot the messenger. I might just have to rethink this whole religious thing. I sit in service every Sunday, I feed the homeless, I help take care of the elderly, but I have never actually heard God’s voice. Not once.” – Faith’s sister

 

That’s powerful stuff. Are you ready and willing to follow God no matter what? Even if your family doesn’t want you to? Or believe that you heard from God?

 

Watch the official Steps of Faith trailer…..

 

 

After that argument with her parents, Faith meets with her pastor for advice.

“God puts these obstacles in our path so we don’t go around feeling like saints” – pastor

 

Then she does move. Unfortunately it doesn’t go any smoother for her after arriving at Steps of Faith. They won’t hire her even after she told them that God told her to come work for them.

“This is all a little to cuckoo for me. Check back in 6 months.” – Belle

So she does the only thing that she can do. She goes back every day until they do hire her.

“God told me I that I was supposed to be doing this.” – Faith

“Well He didn’t tell me.” – Belle

“I’ll be back everyday until you hire me. See you tomorrow.” – Faith

 

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And the owner does finally do hire her. To muck out the stalls.

Check out this second exclusive clip. This scene cracks me up. lol

 

 

Faith is ok with mucking out the stalls since she does not have a good track record of working with kids. So even though she follows what God told her to do, by moving and getting a job at Steps of Faith, she avoids working with the children there. She finally has no choice but to start, though.

After a child gets almost gets hurt on her watch, Faith gets discouraged and goes home. Her father gives her an encouraging talk that ends with:

 

“It’s time for you to pick yourself up and go get what God has for you.”     (Very wise advice for anyone.)

 

Faith does just that. Returning to Steps of Faith, working hard, getting certified in hippo-therapy, and getting married to the owner of Steps of Faith.

 

The main themes of Steps of Faith, now on DVD, are faith, purpose, and relationships. Even though it’s called a dramedy, there is not a lot of comedy in the movie. There were a couple of scenes that I laughed at, and a few more that made me chuckle. But it’s not a belly laugh comedy.  Starring Charles Malik Whitfield, Chrystee Pharris, Irma P. Hall, it is rated PG. There is no language or violence in the movie. I think the PG rating is because of a couple of kisses, between Faith’s parents, and Faith & Marshall.

 

I recommend Steps of Faith for the whole family.

 

 

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