Thursday, March 23, 2017

Once Upon a Time Bible and Book review

  • With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
  • The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
  • Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
  • What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.

About the Storybook Bible:

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time”. “The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible” highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible—including Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Brave Queen Esther, the Birth of Jesus, Feeding the 5,000 and Jesus Resurrection. 

The artwork and illustrations by Omar Aranda will keep your child turning the pages as they learn about the heroes of the Bible.

This Bible has a beautifully illustrated hard cover. It has a “presented to” page in the front so it can easily be given for a special event or a just because I love you gift. It covers the ageless stories from both the Old and New Testaments. There are 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 stories from the New Testament and has 144 pages. The stories begin with a scripture verse and are short in length insuring it will hold your child’s attention from beginning to end.

About the Holy Bible:

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened once upon a time. The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible contains a presentation page and also highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Also contains the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible.
Stories include:
  • God Makes Man and Woman
  • Isaac and Rebekah
  • Ruth Finds Happiness
  • Queen Esther
  • Mary and Joseph and an Angel
  • He Lives!

We all have our own tale to live and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest story of all.
Sharing from my heart:

When I was around 8 or 9 my parents got me the Picture Bible and I read it and re-read it so many times it fell apart.  I loved that Bible so much!  Fast forward 35ish years or so and now the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is available.  The illustrations are beautifully done and will appeal to most children that have been raised watching Disney movies.  I think they will really be able to connect to the stories when they see the pictures, I still get little flashes in my mind when someone speaks about Esther or Rachel.  I can clearly see what they "looked" like in the Picture Bible and remember how I felt when reading about them.  Esther has always been one of my favorites she was and still is so real to me and not just words on a page.  When children can envision something they can better relate to it and I know I'd prefer my children to relate to a Biblical character than a made up Disney one.  I highly recommend the Storybook Bible for ages 4-8 and the Holy Bible for ages 6-10.

More info:

Bibles: Available where books are sold

Storybook Bible: Available at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold

Thanks for reading,
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 these books.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Tale As Old As Time

Today we needed a break from out typical homeschool day so I decided to treat the kids and myself to the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. If you live in the Tulsa area I'm sure you've heard about the incredible Warren Theater in Broken Arrow.  It's very fancy, seating is nice, they have a light show before the movie starts and curtains that draw back and of course a curved screen with amazing surround sound.  Something you might not know is every Wednesday is $5 movie day.  We like to take advantage of that! Kylan and I went to pick up his passport (that's a whole new blog post) and Kenzie picked up a couple of her closest friends and we met up at the Warren. Yes, you read that correctly...Kenzie is driving now and has her own vehicle. I've really got to blog more often and keep you up to date better.

Anyway, I'm sure you've heard about all the rucus with the movie.  Some people are boycotting it and some just want to re-live seeing the animated version for the first time.  We just wanted to see it and decide for ourselves.  Disney did not disappoint us!  I absolutely loved it, it was all Disney. Which means they didn't spare any expense, it was breathtaking.  I was a little concerned with how they would portray the Be Our Guest scene but of course in true Disney fashion I gazed in awe at what they had accomplished. 

The original animated version of Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 and at that time I was a senior in high school and didn't have time to see it.  The next year 1992 I got married (yes, I was so young) and was a nanny for a family with 3 little boys. When the movie came out on video we watched it repeatedly but the first time I saw it I was captivated by all the details.  While watching I wondered if I'd ever cuddle with a child of my own and share this time honored tale.  I'd just endured a traumatic and painful miscarriage and wasn't sure if we'd ever be able to have children. Over the course of the next 8 years I watched many more Disney movies and faithfully bought every single one of them on VHS video tapes for our future children.  We continued to have miscarriages for a total of 6 in all and finally my doctors agreed it was time for a hysterectomy because my body was failing me. It was an agonizing decision but one that changed our lives forever.  In 1999 we decided to begin the adoption process and the rest is history. We adopted both Kenzie and Kylan through Dillon International over the course of the next couple of years and have never looked back.  As I sat in the theater and watched the newest version of Beauty and the Beast many of those memories swept over me and I shed a tear or two.  I was sitting by both of my teenage children...children I never thought I'd have.  It reminded me that I have so much to be thankful and grateful for in my life!  My teens will soon be going off to college or possibly culinary school and I want to enjoy each and every day I have left with them in our home before they are grown up and have children of their own.  Who knew that seeing a movie would bring up so many ranges of emotion?  So, in conclusion this movie may not be the movie for everyone but for me it was definitely A Tale As Old As Time and was spectacular!

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

When We Last Spoke book review

When We Last Spoke

About The Book:

With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, author Marci Henna introduces you to the Cranbournes—a mostly lovable and undoubtedly nutty family who’ve had more than their fair share of hard times.
A beautiful blend of tears and laughter, When We Last Spoke tells the tale of sisters Juliet and Evangeline, who are dropped off by their Broadway-bound mother at their paternal grandparents’ Texas ranch in 1967. After their cherished father is killed in Vietnam, the girls are orphaned. Still mourning their son’s death, grandparents Walt and Ruby accept their role as guardians, only to be surprised soon after by another permanent houseguest’s arrival—Walt’s kooky mother, Itasca.
Fast-forward to the present, where the warmhearted home in which the girls grew up is now just a faint memory. The estranged sisters are in need of a good dose of Walt’s famous stargazing wisdom: “You’ve got to look real close. Pay attention to what’s around you in this life. You’re liable to miss something important if you don’t.”

Packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, this must-read novel also digs in deep to the things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

As I lay in bed and read this book I was swept back to my days living in Texas from 2nd-6th grade.  Memories washed over me and I see, hear, taste, smell and feel the images that the author Marci Henna painted with her words.  This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and can't wait to read the rest of the Fireside series.  I've never read anything written by Marci Henna but I love her style of writing and they way she seamlessly goes from the past to the present and back to the past again.  As I was reading I found myself longing for the days I spend with my grandparents.  I've recently lost all of my grandparents so I think a tear or two might have slipped out as memories sprang up while reading this novel.  As I was reading I loved that the main protagonist found out that a life worth living is the life worth remembering.

About the author:

Marci Henna

 Marci Henna

Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800’s and currently lives in Austin.

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Marci will be giving away a FREE Kindle version from Feb. 20-24 on Amazon.

Leave a comment telling me your favorite memories of your grandparents and you will be entered to win both the book and DVD!
Thanks for reading,

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