Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Family Christian: Holy Ghost DVD (review and giveaway)

This DVD piqued my interest as I long to know more about the Holy Spirit, I grew up in the church and the church we were in – one didn’t raise their hands, speak in tongues or believe that the Lord could still perform miracles. As I’ve come more into my own faith over the years, I recognized that the Holy Spirit is still at work in our world today, there was no cessation of the miracles – the Lord still gives miraculous healing and people can and do still speak in tongues, among other gifts. I don’t believe though that if you don’t speak in tongues that one is not saved. So when I had the chance to receive this DVD to watch through the Family Christian blogger program I was excited, I want to see what the film had to say.

At first I was very much engaged with this documentary and agreed with a lot that was said by some of the people interviewed such as theologians, a missionary to Mozambique and others, like Lenny Kravitz and Brian Welch from Korn. However, as it went on, I lost the interest as some of the things were just somewhat unbelievable – like mass conversions outside a Korn concert with some of the people still throwing up the sign for Satan and flipping off the camera. I know the Holy Spirit can move in mysterious ways and yes there are some who can be saved at a Korn concert but 100’s? One can’t be saved by someone laying on of hands, and being healed – they need to accept Christ and only then will the Holy Spirit enter their lives. In Holy Ghost, I felt that a lot of the praying and laying on of hands to those who were atheists, agnostics or Mormons or Hindus led some to believe that they had to do nothing else for their Salvation.

Overall, I enjoyed the idea that yes the Holy Spirit is still at work in our world and He can enter our lives and that is how our works yield fruit that is representative of our faith. As nice as it is to think that a Hindu high priest who invites a singer into the Shiva temple and is getting saved, unless he repents, no matter the words he sings to a song he cannot be saved. I only pray that those who were touched by the visit do open their heart and minds to the true, living, saving God – and accept His gift. The documentary was thought provoking but ended up being quite long in the end and at that point I was as ready for it to end as I was at the beginning to watch it.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws


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Book Review: Callie’s Contest of Courage by Jan May (and giveaway)

About the Book:


Eleven-year-old Callie Fleming is a passionate animal lover! She’s been waiting all year to enter photos in the I Love Nature Photo Contest. Her dad, who is the coolest dad in the world, is an award winning photographer and Marine Corps Reserves Sergeant. She is leaning on his help to win. But when her father is untimely deployed overseas and becomes strangely silent to her emails, she finds her whole world crashing down on her. Can she muster up the courage to step out on a journey that whisks her away from all the things she loves? Join Callie on a journey of hope, trust and the power of prayer!


Visit the New Millenneium Girls website to find out how to purchase your own copy of Callie’s Contest of Courage for $7.95 plus shipping and handling.




About the literature study:

Filled with faith building discussion questions, vocabulary
exercises and language arts and fun activities. Perfect for Book Clubs or individual studies.


You can purchase it soon for $8.95 or it’s free for a limited time when you sign up for the newsletter at the New Millennium Girls website.




My Opinion:


I had the chance to review Jan May’s other girl focused book, Isabel’s Secret, two years ago so when Jan contacted me about reading and reviewing Callie’s Contest of Courage I knew I had to accept.  Jan writes the New Millennium Girls series for girls of the ages 8 to 12 years old but if your older daughter is looking for an easy, inspiring read then she’d probably enjoy it too – I know I did but I won’t disclose my age in this review!  She desires to have books for girls who love God and want to honor Him, so her books are big on faith – if you want a book that a non-Christian could read this isn’t your book and I love that about this, I think there may be even more faith in Callie’s book than there was in Isabel’s, there simply aren’t enough Biblical girl books for girls to enjoy.  Since Callie’s dad is in the service I thought maybe we’d be dealing with the harsh reality of war and death, thankfully that wasn’t tackled in this book, but faith was – everyone had faith that Callie’s dad would come back to them.  I don’t want to give too many spoilers so I won’t divulge too much here, but this book was a great read and even had a little bit of suspense but not so much that my very sensitive 10 year old would be scared.


I was also give the 74 page literature guide to go along with Callie’s Contest of Courage – normally I feel that I just want my children to enjoy reading and so adding in more school takes away from that, however, this literature guide makes things fun and not so school-like.  Each chapter in the book is also in the study guide with literature focus questions, discussion questions and an activity (this could be writing out and memorizing a Bible verse, mapping and more).  To save on ink I’d suggest only printing what you need and either discuss all the questions including the literature focus ones out loud or on a separate sheet of paper.  There isn’t an answer key but the book is an easy read so moms and dads could easily read it to make sure they can discuss and check their child’s work.  This is a great tie-in and will make the lessons in the book come a bit more alive and understandable for children instead of just reading the book and forgetting it.


Jan also has something for boys, Spies of the Revolutionary War writing and lapbook study – although I’d think girls might be interested to especially if they are currently studying this time period or maybe know of a great grandparent who served.  The New Millennium Girls website is chock-full of extras such as other writing curricula for all ages, a homeschool resource page with links to writing contests, free writing prompts and more, so check that out and it’s free.  Also be sure to visit the bookstore where you can purchase books and curricula easily and check out Jan blog’s where she writes more on writing, homeschooling and Jesus.



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Green Egg Media: Power Bible Volumes 1(From Creation to the Story of Joseph) and 8 (the Light of Salvation) #grow4christ #bookreview #giveaway

About the book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!

In the exciting first volume of the Power Bible series, From Creation to the Story of Joseph, read about how…
– Out of the darkness, God creates the heavens and the earth.
– He creates all living creatures, and creates man in His own image.
– Adam and Eve disobey God’s one rule to them and are driven out of the Garden of Eden.
– Meet Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and a host of other characters and read about how it all began.


You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.


About the Book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!
In the spell-binding eighth volume of the Power Bible series, The Light of Salvation, read about how…

– Jesus and His disciples continue their ministry as they travel through Judea performing God’s miracles and delivering His word.
– Many people are moved by the miracles and teachings of Jesus and come to follow Him as their Savior.
– The Jewish leaders begin to feel threatened by his popularity, and come up with a plan to kill Jesus.
– Jesus concludes His earthly ministry by sharing His last supper with the disciples and putting into motion God’s plan to save the world by giving His own life.


You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.


The inside of Volume 8, The Light of Salvation or better yet, Take a Peek



My Opinion:


I was contacted by Green Egg Media to see if I’d like to do a review of a copy of the Power Bible, having not heard of them or the Power Bible before I went to their website and looked around and then I called my children over and asked them if they’d like me to review a copy of this Bible.  When I showed them they all three said, most definitely yes, and when I emailed Green Egg Media back to let them know I’d like to review the 1st volume they also offered me a second – so wanting to make sure I got a bit of the Old Testament and the New Testament I also asked for Volume 8.  They’ve been given the Moms Choice Award, and I can see why these are easy to read – in fact if your child struggles with reading these may help them as the words are few and are simple for ease of use and the cartoon figures make it engaging and fun, they won’t even know they’re reading!  Volume 1 is 208 pages and measures 10 by 7.3 by 0.5 inches and Volume 8 is 196 pages and measures 10 by 7.2 by 0.1 inches.  Both volumes have thick paperback covers that can withstand many openings and closings and thick pages that are meant to stand up to children using them repeatedly.


I read through both of these Bibles in a matter of just a few hours, that is how easy of area they are so while even my oldest, fast reader will enjoy them (she likes the kind of cartoon art that is used to illustrate) as will my non-reader and my not so strong reader.  There is something for everyone in this Bible – whether adult, child or child at heart – this will have you reading the Bible in a way that is easy to understand but in no way takes away or add to the original Scripture.  Children aren’t only reading the words but they are experiencing it which means they will linger over the illustrations AND the words allowing them to learn more and really feel what the Scripture means for them.  The engaging form that the Power Bible uses is really a great way to instill Biblical truths, if you can’t be reading right then like if you’re driving, then the Power Bible can occupy a child(ren) in the backseat, even if they can’t read the pictures can speak to them.


Overall, I’m very impressed with the Power Bibles I received and I hope to add the others to the collection – the Old Testament sets which are Volumes 1-6 sell for $89.90 and the New Testament set which comprise Volume 7-10 sell for $59.90 – is a great deal especially if you’re looking for something that will have a life long impression and could be a wonderful gift for a birthday, holiday or even a baptism.  These are just really awesome and all three of my children ask to read them or have me read aloud to them as they gather around to look at the pictures – I need to have a copy for each of them so they don’t fight over the copies we do have!  I’m thankful to have had the chance to read and review these because it’s rare to find a Bible like these that impart God’s Word using His Word without diluting it and making it worthless, thank you Green Egg Media for making the Power Bible available.  Be sure to check the Family Fun tab on the website for free coloring pages, verses of the week, power packs and activity pages to have even more learning fun in God’s Word.



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Encouragement for Homeschool Moms by Diana Waring Giveaway #grow4christ #giveaway

So right now, I’m part of a giveaway which has a $700 giveaway value as part of my being on Diana Waring’s Launch Team for her Experience History Through Music curricula and I’m so happy to get to bring you another giveaway.  This is one is to win a set of Diana Waring’s Encouragement for Homeschool Moms – which is a set of five digital books that will inspire you as you seek to teach your children, both educationally and spiritually.



You will receive the set of five digital books:

  1. Beyond Survival:  A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling
  2. Wings:  Giving Our Children Wings
  3. Roots:   Giving Our Chilren Roots
  4. Box Free Living workshop
  5. Once Upon a Time…..Eight Articles of Relational Homeschooling


Not a homeschool mom yet?  Go ahead and enter!  Veteran homeschool mom?  Go ahead and enter!  Just want to know what all us crazy moms do all day?  I guess you can enter too!  A hubby who wants to surprise his hard-working home educating wife?  Enter!  Please follow the link for the Rafflecopter form or visit my giveaway page on Facebook.


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FlyBy Promotions Review: The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman #grow4christ #giveaway

About the Book:

You can picture the perfect marriage in your mind, but re-creating it in reality doesn’t come easy. Trusted counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman reasons that the most sought-after ingredient in any marriage is true oneness. In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, he presents expert wisdom and common sense methods to establishing that true unity on emotional and practical levels. Discover the wit and insight that makes his worldwide presentations and marriage conferences so popular. Are you trying to change your spouse? Do you know what it means to really love someone? Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage? Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page.

You can find out more at the official website for the book.

About the Author: 

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.
Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.
Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.
Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.



My Opinion:



I’ve had the pleasure of reading other of Gary Chapman books, such as The Five Love Languages of Children, and more – do a quick search of my blog for his name and more will pop up – and am always finding things to put to use in real life.  This book The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted is no different – useful ideas to put into work in your marriage to make it better, because lets face it, most of our marriages can use work.  At 143 pages this book is a quick read and just in time if you celebrate Valentines Day (we don’t) and only 9 chapters if you don’t read the introduction, epilogue, notes, and resources.  One thing the Lord gave us all was the ability to get married, but not everyone today feels it’s the till death do us part that it was made to be and there in lies the issue, we decide we’re no longer in love so it’s time for a divorce.



What if, you discovered love isn’t all about how you feel but rather how you live?  Gary addresses the issue, “well my spouse doesn’t want to change – they still ignore me, aren’t a Christian, etc” and says that while this is hard it isn’t us who need to change our spouses, only the Lord can do that – we have to make the decision to let the Lord change us, we are the only ones we can be resposnible for.  Is it fun or wonderful to live in a one sided marriage?  No.  However, Gary wants both spouses to read this book and partake together in the learning and growing both as people, as spouses and in the marriage that God so wants to bless.



Gary Chapman addresses why people marry – it’s way different from what the world thinks marriage is for, why spouses/people don’t change, what is love, listening, role divisions, making decisions, marital relations, how to leave and still honor parents as well as money.  I think the only thing I disagreed on in the whole book was his take on birth control and concern of overpopulation, but I don’t want to toss the whole book because of one area – the rest of the book has very valuable ideas and helps including the “Your Turn” at the end of each chapter which will allow spouses to see where their expectations are and how they can change them. Overall, this is a valuable book – whether you’re newlyweds, veterans or on the brink of divorce but want to restore your marriage, this book has something for everyone!



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Putting on the Spirit: 10 Minute Devotionals for Busy Moms Giveaway – #grow4christ #BusyMomDevos

I introduced you to the new book Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor in my post here. I cannot say how great this devotional is and if you’d like to win your own copy as well as some other great books enter this launch team’s (which I’m proud to be a part of) giveaway!

The Putting on the Spirit Launch Team is excited to help Katie celebrate the release of her new book with a special giveaway of  books that will encourage, equip, and inspire any mom.  One winner will win all of the books listed below (a $120 value), plus 3 more winners will win a digital copy of Putting on the Spirit.

We would like to thank the following friends for their generous sponsorship of this giveaway! Be sure to stop by their websites to say thank you!

Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom

Home School Adventure Co.

Great Waters Press

National Center for Biblical Parenting

Sally Clarkson

Raising Arrows

Here’s what you can win —

Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms eBook by Katie Hornor

Loving You Long Distance eBook by Katie Hornor

Divine Design eBook by Katie Hornor

Purposeful Planning eBook by Phyllis Sather

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae

Raising Real Men by Hal & Melanie Young

My Beloved and My Friend (release date of Feb 2014) by Hal & Melanie Young

The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN

Philippians in 28 Weeks by Stacy Farrell

The Wise Woman Literary Analysis Journal Questions by Stacy Farrell

Streams in the Desert eBook by L.B.E. Cowman

The Homemaker’s Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule eBook by Amy Roberts
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In addition to this great giveaway, Katie is offering her book, Loving You Long Distance, free for Kindle for 5 days — November 19-23. Be sure to click over and grab that one after you enter the giveaway!

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Nominate a friend to win Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska!

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancé, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.

In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

You can read my review of the book here.

Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss have teamed up not only for the book but for a pay it forward giveaway.  One very blessed person will win a copy of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska.   The contest will run beginning today and ending on January 8, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST – ARV $10.00

This giveaway isn’t for you though – the catch is you have to nominate someone to win – a friend?  a wife?  pastor’s wife?   Nominate them using this form and when you fill out the form be sure to put in my blog (just copy and paste) so that the authors know where the winner came from!

Be sure to tell Tricia and Ocieanna why the person you nominated deserves this book – Do they wish to travel to Alaska?  Do they have an awesome love story like Ginny and Brett?  But, don’t put it here, it’ll all go in the form I’ve linked to above, however if you’d like to please comment and let me know you’ve nominated someone and if you do that – I’ll give you an extra entry for the next contest I run for the book!

Now before you wonder, “What about me?”, don’t worry I’ll be having another contest where some more blessed readers will have their chance to win a copy for themselves!

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Win 1 quart (32 ounces) of Tropical Traditions Virgin Cocunut Oil!!! ends May 14th CLOSED.

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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Winner was Life at Rossmont!!!

You must be 18 year or older.  A resident of the U.S. or Canada.  One entry per household only.  Void where prohibited.  You must leave an email in your entry – if I cannot contact you I will chose another winner.  Winner will be randomly selected by a random process decided upon by me on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at noon EST   The first entry is mandatory.

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The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie (review and giveaway CLOSED!!)

About the Book:

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon – the path of least resistance – Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton – the path less traveled by – on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

My Opinion:

I did enjoy this second book in the Forgotten Castles series, however, unlike the first one I would not let my unmarried daughter’s read this book.  I enjoyed all the plot twists but the violence, unmarried people lying and sleeping in the same bed, and lots of kissing and touching between unmarried people, is enough to send warning bells for young readers who may have read the first book.  While I say this as a caution, I must admit I did enjoy the book, even though I didn’t agree with the choices and actions made by the characters.  This was a definite page turner, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series when the next book comes out later this year.  So, if you’ve read the first and want to or need to know what happens with the Duke, Mr. Lemon and Alexandria then grab this one!

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Winner is The Happy Homeschool Mom!!!

You must be 18 year or older.  A resident of the U.S.  One entry per household only.  Void where prohibited.  You must leave an email in your entry – if I cannot contact you I will chose another winner.  Winner will be randomly selected by a random process decided upon by me on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at noon EST   The first entry is mandatory.

  1. Tell me one reason you’d like to win this book.  Do you like Regency?  Christian romance?  Did you read the first one and want to find out what happens?
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The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell (**review and giveaway!)


About the Book:


To be their best, children need to feel loved. But if you and your child speak different love languages, your affection might get lost in translation, affecting the child’s attitude, behavior, and development. Dr. Gary Chapman’s groundbreaking Five Love Languages series has helped millions of couples communicate love more clearly, and Dr. Ross Campbell M.D. has applied the innovative system to children as well. The 5 Love Languages of Children gives practical suggestions for learning how your children interpret love and creating a sense of security in which they can thrive. Now with over 1,000,000 copies sold!


My Opinion:

This is a wonderful book.  I have never read the other love languages books but after reading this one about children’s love languages I just might have to check out the one for adults.  I’m hoping to utilize the ideas in this book to better build the bonds between my children and I – and I also thought it might be fun to introduce the treasure hunt to my 4-H group so that all the adults will be better able to respond to the children there but on a much larger scale.  Most parents do love their children but some of us struggle on how to show that love – I asked my oldest the other day if she knew I loved her and she said “I know you do but you don’t show it”.  What a wake up call.  I’ve learned that for her gifts and quality time are her love languages where my other two seem to be physical touch and quality time.


If you’re thinking, like I was, well I can’t afford to buy a gift every day or I don’t have time to do one on one things – think again.  There are so many ideas in this book to jump start you speaking your child’s love language and if your child’s love language is gifts – it doesn’t have to be bought, something made (I like gifts and 5 year old will bring me a bouquet of dandelions, what a gift!) will suffice and if you can’t make it or buy it the book will help with that too.  I’m so glad that I agreed to do this review because I almost passed it up on the thought that I didn’t need this but I did and I think all parents do to.  There is a also a free study guide that you can download here.


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