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Review: Living on His Income: Rembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife by Mrs. Sharon White


living_zpsov46j902 About the Book:

Teaching on the Christian home is needed more now than ever for housewives. . . Here you will find brief examples of 5 housewives over 3 generations from Mrs. White’s family. This includes her mother-in-law and grandmother. . . There are also 9 short chapters of advice and encouragement. These cover such topics as standard of living, the content wife, being dependent on him, and the house account. . . Practical resources are recommended at the end of the book. . . You will be inspired to continue on as a cheerful housewife, knowing your work is just as important as the mission field.

You can purchase your own copy on Amazon.

My Opinion:

You may be wondering why I wanted to read a book about living on a husband’s income since I’m a widow? Well, it’s because I’m still technically living on my husband’s income – in his career he paid into a retirement system and I now get a monthly stipend for each our children and myself. However, I also have taken a part time job to supplement that benefit. That said I also am praying that the Lord will bring another godly husband to me and I can once again be a studious homemaker full time. I’ve read a few of Mrs. White’s other books such as Economy for the Christian Home and Early Morning Revival, this book while short on pages is big on ideas and advice on how to live and be happy living on your husband’s income.

In today’s world we are so caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ that we fail to realize what exactly we are supposed to be doing – that isn’t to be buying the newest gadget – but to bring glory to God. This isn’t a workbook but more of a guidebook, Mrs. White shares short stories of her Grandma, her Great Aunt, her mom, her mother-in-law and herself and how, through the generations these women of faith learned to live on what their husband’s brought home and be happy about it, even when it meant meager living or what we’d see as poverty today. I like her advice on setting up a house account, although I do track our monthly expenses because the heating bill or water bill fluctuates month to month and I like to see by how much.

One thing I’ve become more aware of is our eating out, just by looking back in my check register we ate out way too much in February – that was because we had a lot going on and I’m trying to get better at preparing ahead of time, I’d rather have money in the bank or be able to help out a missionary than spending money at restaurants. This is a fantastic little book on how women in Mrs. White’s family lived on their husband’s income and how she too, continues to do so. If you’re thinking of leaving the workforce, cutting back on your hours and wondering how can we live on what he makes or even if you already are at home and trying to be a better steward, this book can help inspire you to be that homemaker.

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Master Books: Intro to Meteorology and Astronomy Parent Lesson Planner


Recently we switched science curricula for our oldest daughter who is working ahead of where she would be in school and when I received the updated Astronomy book from Master Books I knew our old Parent Lesson Planner (PLP) wouldn’t work so they kindly sent me the new PLP to go along with the new Astronomy book.  I must say that having the PLP’s make my life so much easier in planning my daughter’s work for the week and even the year!  Honestly, I don’t really have to do much except check her work and assign her a grade.

The PLP I was sent covers both books, The Weather Book and The New Astronomy Book.  Covering both books is a one year course and it’s geared for 7th to 9th grade students and they will receive a 1/2 credit for doing the work.  I like having this all laid out for me so when I go to make her a transcript I know eactly what I should give her credit wise for the work she’s been doing.  So far she’s almost at the end of the first semester or second quarter which covers The Weather Book, after Christmas she’ll be entering into the second semester which covers The New Astronomy Book.  The whole course runs a total of 36 weeks doing science 3 days a week.

The PLP includes the weekly lesson schedule – simply put the student just opens the book and the schedule tells them what they need to complete that day.  For example, Week 1 Day 48 tells the student to read the section “Lightning – words to know, questions 1-8 and activities on Weather Chapter 4: Worksheet 2 pages 41-41 LP”.  The student easily knows which book to be using with the notation of LP (Lesson Planner) or WB (Weather Book) and can easily find what they need to do as they track their progress in the due date, the check section and the grade.  I personally don’t assign a due date as my daughter is working ahead because she’s enjoying this science so much, so I let her fill in the due date as the finished date and when I check her work I fill in the grade.

Also included in the PLP are the worksheets and I happily report that if you have more than one child who is using or may be using this curricula Master Books does grant the family permission to make copies of the worksheets for your own house.  This could save you money in purchasing extra workbooks should you have a decent printer, however we don’t so I let my daughter write in her workbook.  The quizzes, tests and answer keys are also included in the PLP – while it says parent in the name, the only thing I really do with it is check her work when she’s done for the week.  Each lesson takes about 30 to 45 minutes, so in as little as an hour and a half a week the student will complete three lessons of science.  There are also suggested labs when applicable as well as activities that expound on what they’ve learned and usually involve relating the science lesson back to the Bible, which is another plus in my book.

If you’re looking for a great science curricula that is Bible based and your determined student can use this as an independent course of study leaving you free to work with your other children, as I do.  I highly recommend this course of study and there are other books that go up through high school with their corresponding Parent Lesson Planners.  You can view samples at the Master Books website as well as looking at the additional resources such as the optional labs.  There are two versions the download e-book for $8.99 and the paperback version for $10.49, so it’s easy to chose which works best for your family.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Wizzy Gizmo (review and giveaway!)


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Who is Wizzy Gizmo?

 

I had the opportunity to receive a great Bible study tool to use in our home and school from Wizzy Gizmo in exchange for sharing my honest opinion with my readers.  I was given the New Testament Fast Track Bible Pack and these wonderful cards are fun to use with my children anytime of the day, we don’t use them just for school – as Bible study should be part of our entire day.  The set of cards I received sell for $14.99 and this is a wonderful price considering the high quality of the paper, very heavy card-stock and the 27 cards plus a cover card measure 9 X 6 X 0.2 inches so they can easily fit into a purse or Bible case to easy of transport on the go.

 

 

The cover card lists all 27 Books of the New Testament in order as well as the theme of that book, date it was written, the author and how many chapters.  I really like that feature so if I desired to have one of my older children read a whole book of the New Testament I could pick one that she could easily read in a day, such as the book of Jude which has only 1 chapter.  The rest of the cards covers 1 book of the Bible – the front gives a description of what is going on in that book and some interesting facts, such as for Matthew it shares that “the phrase ‘The Kingdom of Heaven’ appears 32 time in Matthew and nowhere else in the Bible”, it also has a small time line depicting the time period the book was written, a small fact about the author, how many chapters as well as the theme of the book running along the bottom.  Each card is numbered and labeled so that they can easily be put back into order, should someone drop them or otherwise mix them up.

 

 

 

On the back of the cards you’ll find the book title, theme, what the author or book is trying to convey, an outline of the chapters – for Matthew it states that the first 10 chapters is the “presentation of the King”, key chapters, key passages, key doctrines, and important people.  The front and back is very colorful and each of the features on the back is color coded so if like me, you want to study just the key doctrines with your children, you just look at the light blue area.  For older children (and this idea just came to me while I was writing the review) the key people area could be used to have them make a timeline showing where each was born and died or even to do more in depth study of each person’s life.  There are many ways to use these cards – your only limit would be your ingenuity and imagination.

 

 

If you desire to give your children a Christian education or want a homeschool resource to making studying the Bible, easy and fun then Wizzy Gizmo provides that.  The cards are laid out in an orderly fashion and are easy to just pick up and go – pick a favorite book or have your children pick and just roll with it.  Wizzy Gizmo also offers other products like Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything?, and Wizzy Gizmo Books so be sure to check out their other items that can be used in your homeschool or even if you don’t but want to emphasize your family’s faith to your child in the hours they are with you, Bible study is great for everyone no matter how your child is educated.  I think the only thing that would have made these cards even better is if they had come with a way to store them, either in some type of study bag or a large rubber band – once the wrap is removed there really is no way to store them unless you have something on hand otherwise they just splay out.  I used a large zipping plastic bag to store our cards in and then I can just remove them as needed or the one I need.

 

If you’d like to read what others thought about the Fast Track Bible Pack and other Wizzy Gizmo products then visit Home & School Mosaics.

 

 

 

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Litfuse Publicity: Too Loved to be Lost by Deborah Coty


About the Book:

In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you’ll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you’re struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

Find out more and purchase a copy at Debora’s website.

About the Author:

Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including “Too Blessed to Be Stressed,” and “More Beauty, Less Beast.” She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

Find out more at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My Opinion:

Since I had read some other books by Deborah Coty I wanted to give this one a go and see how it was, you can read what I thought about Mom Needs Chocolate and More Beauty Less Beast.  This is a fairly short book sort of a devotional and self help book rolled into one, some of it I had a hard time relating to but other areas really hit home and I hope to put some of the actions into practice.  Like in her other books she does tend to favor The Message paraphrase of The Bible, so I’m not not particularly fond (or fond of calling the Lord, Papa, but I digress) of that version but I know it can make the flow of a book blend together with it’s more modern take on Scripture.  At the end of each chapter Deborah has 5 questions that relate back to the reading and have you evaluating your actions and whether you are truly behaving in a Christ-like manner – it doesn’t take long so even this busy mom can get through a chapter and it’s questions before the children wake up.

One thing I struggle with is memorizing Scripture, I’ve always been a bit jealous of those who claim they have memorized and can recite entire chapters and/or books of the Bible, because I’ve never really been able to do that.  I did memorize Psalm 23 when I was in school but that’s about the end of it – so when reading chapter 4 “Topping off my tank” in the first section, I knew it was written for me – and it’s one thing I’m going to set down and do beginning in November.  Deborah gives 24, what she calls “life savers”, and the thing is to sit down and on your calendar write 1 life saver verse a month – then when that month comes around write it on index cards and put them where you’re most likely to see them, on your bathroom mirror, car dashboard, computer desk, etc – mediate on that verse all month long and by the next you’ll have that one down (don’t forget to pull up the old verse from time to time to stay fresh) and begin a new one.  I don’t have to use hers, there are many verses that I’ve long to memorize, but her list gives a good start (I’ll be using my KJV or ESV over the MSG) and someplace to begin if you don’t know where to start.

If you’d like to see what other bloggers thought please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.


In our world a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior, or talents. This can lead to fearing loss of acceptance, trying to outperform one another, and a warped view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. Debora M. Coty‘s new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Loveoffers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, security, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.



Celebrate being “Too Loved” by entering Debora Coty’s HDX giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 6th.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Too Loved to Be Lost by Debora Coty

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So grab your copy of Too Loved to be Lost and join Debora and friends on the evening of November 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Book Review: An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman


About the Book:

Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.

“Where Healing Blooms” by Vannetta Chapman

When Widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children she finds her quiet life has been interrupted. Then, her mother-in-law, Mary Ann, reveals one of her garden’s hidden secrets, something very unexpected. Will she continue alone or will she accept the gifts God has given her?

“Flowers for Rachael” by Kathleen Fuller

Rachael Bontrager’s flower garden is beautiful, but at twenty-four, she’s lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with Rachael almost at first sight. After her grandfather has a stroke, her days are filled with caring for him, and one day Rachael finds her garden in shambles. However, she won’t accept Gideon’s offers of help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own and that God is in control?

“Seeds of Love” by Tricia Goyer

Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses in her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only thing she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?

“Rooted in Love” by Beth Wiseman

Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.

My Opinion:

Four of my favorite authors in one book?  Yes, please!  Each author has their own style of writing within this set of four novellas and while each are unique the novellas flow into one another to create four wonderful stories with different characters in each one.  Sometimes when I read books like this I tend to get lost between one book and the other but maybe since I’m used to each author’s own style of writing that wasn’t the case and I was able to separate each novella from the one before or after it.  The common thread in this set of novellas is gardening – either those that are blessed gardeners, those that aren’t or those that are learning – each story centers around the garden as it’s main theme and even if you’re not a gardener this book is a delight to read.

As the title says all are Amish non-fiction and so with Amish fiction one sort of expects a typical theme but as each of the ladies who wrote it, these weren’t your typical same ‘ol, same ‘ol Amish fiction and for that I was happy.  They each have a touch of an endearing romance and more than once I found myself wanting to yell at the female characters to give up their stubbornness and just go out with the bachelor who is pursuing them.  I really enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s novella as we travel back to the Montana community where some of her other novels are set and it was neat to visit again in this short way.  If you desire a short read then this book will go fast – especially the last one, Where Healing Blooms, which touches on the subject of spousal abuse.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Tomoson Review: Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) Capsules


About the Branch Chain Amino Acids Capsules:

 

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) are the building blocks of protein. They are used to support muscle growth, similar to protein powders. Our product is a 450-Capsules of Pure BCAA’s. It is in Veggie Capsules and contains no other ingredients. Many of our competitor’s products have ingredients like Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Gelatin, Sucralose, and Titanium Dioxide. We have NONE of those ingredients. Our product is pure BCAAs in Vegetable Capsules. We are priced within 10% of all the major brands, our bottle is larger than all the competitors, and we offer the most pure product.

Please read the following article to see more info about BCAAs.

 

You can purchase your supply on Amazon.

 

My Opinion:

 

I was sent a 450 count bottle of Diet Standards Branch Chain Amino Acid capsules to review – BCAAs are shown to support muscle building and exercise recovery.  According to the label on the bottle there is 500mg of L-Leucine and 250mg of L-Isoleucine and L-Valine and the capsules themselves are made of vegetable cellulose, which means they are also safe for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet (I do not).  What I appreciated with these is that there are no binders, fillers, preservatives, artificial ingredients, wheat, yeast, egg (a big one for me as I’m allergic), soy, starch, gluten or sugar.  The recommended suggested use is that they are to be taken as a dietary supplement and to ingest 2 AminoHD 1000 Capsules between meals, 45 minutes before workouts and immediately after workouts.  Also of note is that since the body has need of protein and there may be times when the body isn’t getting that such as during a junk food binge (just kidding, but if you’re not getting whole foods) to help your muscles in getting proteins.

 

I’m not a doctor or medical professional so all I can do is say how they affected me – there were no side effects and I took as directed even on days I didn’t work out or do any exercise.  That said always speak with your doctor before beginning this or any supplement especially if you have a medical condition or may become or are pregnant.  These were shipped very fast to my house and packaged securely so there was no corruption of the packaging in transit.  As I said before I like the fact that they don’t have added ingredients which could be harmful or cause an allergic reaction, if it had egg I would have had to refrain from it.  It is also for adult consumption only – my oldest daughter wanted to take it too but I told her that I couldn’t allow that until we spoke with her doctor.  Overall, I’m very impressed with this product and hopefully will be ordering from them again in the future.

 

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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BzzAgent/Hasbro: Littlest Pet Shop #grow4christ #LPSyourworld


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My girls, especially my 9 year old have enjoyed playing with Littlest Pet Shop toys in the past and that enjoyment got renewed the other day when a big package arrived at our door with BzzAgent tape sealing it.  We received the Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set, Pet Pawsabilities Madam Pom LeBlanc and Paprika Price, and Pet Shop Style Set in order to facilitate my thoughts about the newest Littlest Pet Shop additions.  As soon as the package was delivered, all three children, including my son begged to have me open the package and so I relented because I admit to being curious as well.  I put together the larger set as there were more pieces while my 9 year old put together the Spa Style Set herself – it was quite easy to do by following the visual directions, which is great for guiding children through setting it up themselves.

 

The Pet Shop Style Set comes with the following:

  • 135 pieces to build and accessorize the set
  • 3 figures, Minka Mark, Kitery Banter and Sunil Nevla
  • sliding panels to decorate and flip around cardboard panels to give a new look
  • Deco bits, stickers, instructions and accessories

 

Shop Style Set closed. Isn’t it cute?

 

The Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set included the following:

  • panels to build and make the set your own
  • Zoe Trent character
  • bathtub, scissors, sink and other fun accessories
  • deco bits, scene backdrop, instructions, and stickers

 

Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set

 

These sets along with the other ones can stack to make buildings or play side by side with them to create an entire LPS city – the possibilities are only as limitless as your child’s imagination.  What I like about it is since the backdrop can be changed and flipped around and the panels can slide in and out and the deco bits can add an amazing array of decorating style to each, making each set unique to the child who plays with it.  You can see these in the pictures but there are little hooks on the roof from where characters can hang (like the monkey one) or the chandelier to illuminate (albeit, fake) the shop.  We put all the small pieces in a zipper bag so they can all be found and not scattered all over the floors and on different floors of the house, because they are tiny after all.  My girls were excited because this added 5 new pets to their collection – and they are quite cute.  My son found out the heads pop off and so he’s been tormenting his sisters by switching the heads and bodies for some interesting creations.

 

We also received Madame Pom Le Blanc and Paprika Price set which included accessories like ear rings, a crown as well as deco bits so they too, can be decorated and styled accordingly.  I know I’ll soon be downloading the LPS app for my devices so that the girls can scan the code on the pets back and play with them in the virtual world as well – which looks to be a great thing for on the go fun, when bringing along small toys just isn’t feasible.  The children watch the LPS cartoon on Netflix and so were familiar with the characters and knew who the characters were that came in the box, and I think that make things even more fun and exciting as even my 12 year old got in on the game at some point.  I’d highly recommend these toys if your daughter enjoys Littlest Pet Shop and if you want a quality toy for them to enjoy – I can see the girl who enjoy fashion, art, imagination or just girly play to enjoy some part of these toys (and yes, my son adds a boy’s touch to their play).

 

 

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Crew Review: The Brinkman Adventures Season Two #grow4christ #hsreviews


 

Do you, like my children and family, enjoy audio entertainment?  If so I need to introduce you to The Brinkman Adventures, an exciting audio adventure that follows the life of the Brinkman family as they give aid and support to missionaries around the world – as well as being missionaries themselves.  I was sent The Brinkman Adventures Season 2 – Episodes 13-24 which begins with a couple of the boys finding a class ring in a river close to their house and the suspense and lessons just keep building.  There are 4 discs and each disc has 3 episodes each and ran for approximately 60+ minutes for each disc for over 5 hours of entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.

 

We were instantly drawn into the stories and we would find reasons to go on car trips just so we could listen to them – that is how fantastic they are.  The interesting thing I enjoyed about The Brinkman Adventures is that they are based on true events and stories however some are dramatized and while the names of the families have been changed they each act their own parts – which is totally awesome in my book.  I also enjoyed how other missionary families were entwined into the stories such as John and Donna Benti – and their sharing of their real life missionary journies.  To find out more about the real life stories you can visit The Brinkman Adventures Real Stories pages to learn more about both Season 1 and Season 2.

 

 

The episodes are geared for all ages as they are family friendly however there are 3 or 4 episodes that do issue a warning that due to some situations it is best that children ages 10 and under listen with their parent present.  That being said I didn’t find the situations anything that either my 7 or 9 year old could listen to without me, we’ve discussed the situations before such as child abuse, so it’s something they are aware of.  It would depend on each parent’s comfort level as to whether they listen before or along with their child and discuss the events as they listen.  The discs sell for a suggested donation of $25.00 or you can purchase an MP3 download version for a suggested donation of $17.00 – very much worth the price for the quality entertainment you’ll receive and when I say quality, the sound effects, the music and the stories are high quality and well done.

 

The episodes are as follows:

  1. The Mystery Ring
  2. Blue Hat and the T-Shirt Bible
  3. How Big Is Your God, Part 1
  4. How Big Is Your God, Part 2
  5. Mexico by Bus
  6. Treehouse Academy (one of my favorites)
  7. Pirates of Mayan Island (one of all of our favorites)
  8. Sapphire Slaves, Part 1
  9. Sapphire Slaves, Part 2
  10. Hadi’s Choice
  11. Castle of  Secrets
  12. On the Run

 

This was a fantastic audio adventure that we all thoroughly enjoyed and will be listening to over and over again and my children are even begging me to buy Season 1, which I did try to find at the convention but was unable to do so, so it looks like that will be on my purchase list so we can listen to them all including Season 2 again as we wait, hopefully for a Season 3 to be released in the near future.  If you’d like to see what other homeschool parents thought please visit The Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to see their reviews.

 

 

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Edify Media: Iesodo (Yay-Sa-Doe) DVD; Love and Faith #grow4christ #review


About the Love episodes:

“Birds of a Feather, Fish Together”– The wedding of Freddie and Fiona finch is headed for disaster! Iesodo steps in to calm everyone’s ruffled feathers and make the event a success.

“Love Your Enemies”– Zack, the tax collector, doesn’t play by the rules. Iesodo shows the flock that treating those who are mean to you with kindness really does make a big difference.

 

 

 

About the Faith episodes:

“Miracles are Everywhere”– A big event is happening! Thousands of birds from all over the world have gathered to meet Iesodo, but food is scarce and the flocks are getting hungry. Iesodo provides in a way no one could have expected.

“The Wind and the Rain”– The flock is soaring through the sky on their way back to the Cypress Tree when a sudden storm approaches out of nowhere! Trapped at sea and frightened, they learn that when you have faith, anything is possible.

 

Press release for Iesodo:

Los Angeles, California- Iesodo (YAY-sa-doe) is a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.  Presented with cutting edge imagery, Iesodo, which means “The way of Jesus”, is a wise and gentle dove that gives an allegory to the stories and messages of Jesus with “solid biblical teaching.” (American Family Journal). With each and every story, he and his lovable feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure(MovieGuide.org).

 

Zaya Toonz and Rollman Entertainment, the animation companies behind Iesodo, assembled a collaboration of experts with experience in both the children’s and Christian markets.

 

“Children learn and sometimes even emulate the actions and personalities of loveable animated characters such as Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse, and we want them to do the same with Iesodo,” said executive producers Jared and Natalie Hankins. “The Iesodo character is a representation of Jesus, and the stories shared throughout each episode are based on Jesus’ teachings.  They are universal principles we hope all parents wants to instill in their children, such as loving one another, conquering fear, sharing and being kind.”

 

Directors for the series include Brian E. Ray whose credits consist of Muppet Babies, My Little Pony Tales and Ed, Ed, and Eddy, as well as Colin Brady, whose credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug’s Life. Brady also served as the former animation supervisor for Pixar Animation Studios. Producer Eric S. Rollman, President/CEO of Rollman Entertainment, formerly served as President of Production for Fox Kids and Marvel, and writer/producer Rob Loos is an Emmy Nominee and writer/producer for McGee and Me! Christmas Lamb, Kids 10 Commandments and Touched by an Angel. The Iesodo series also features the voice of Erin Bethea (Fireproof, Amazing Love) as Maggie.

 

Capitol Christian Distribution, the market leader in Christian and Gospel music distribution, as well as chart topping Christian films and books, distributes the Iesodo DVD series, which can be purchased at Christian retail stores, Walmart and Amazon.com. For more information on Iesodo, visit http://www.iesodo.com.

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

I’m always on the watch for quality, faith building movies and shows for my children and when I was contacted by Edify Media to recieve two copies of Iesodo DVDs for review I knew I had to get them for my 12, 9 and 7 year old children.  I was sent two DVDs, the Love episodes which include “Birds of a Feather, Fish Together” and “Love Your Enemies” as well as the Faith episodes which include “Miracles are Everywhere” and “The Wind and the Rain”.  Both have a running time of approximately 55 minutes and sell for $14.99 and can be found at brick and mortar retail stores as well as Amazon – making them easy to find and purchase.  Both DVDs come with several special features videos to the songs sung during the show, Bible verses, and the I-E-S-O-D-O music video which is great – my children found the music to be catchy and were singing it long after the show ended, of course I liked the fact that it was teaching Biblical concepts in a new way that kept their attention, even if my 12 year old was a bit old for them she said they were cute.

 

Early on my children picked up that Iesodo was supposed to represent Jesus in a bird-of-a-feather kind of way so it was great to see them pick up on that and while some may have an issue with representing Jesus as a bird it was a great way to bring home some of His truths in a way children can relate too, such as animals, singing and colorful cartoons.  I think these would be great to share with children who haven’t been exposed to church or to Jesus as a way to introduce Him to them especially with the added features of Bible verses and Biblical truths.  These will be DVDs that we keep on our shelf for a long, long time and I can see us buying some for gifts in the near future – and I think that they would be great for even young children who may not fully understand the entire message but it would be a great way to help parents who want to not only provide quality entertainment for their children but to also have faith based entertainment.

 

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Crew Review: Egglo Entertainment #grow4christ #hsreviews


Every year around Easter or Resurrection Sunday I wonder if there is a better way to really instill the meaning and history of what the Resurrection is to my children without all the usual secular stuff, so when Egglo Entertainment came up for review I knew I had to get this product to try out with my children.  Egglo Entertainment has glow in the dark Easter eggs that are perfect for egg hunts with a Christian emphasis, unlike just dying eggs and seeking for them, to complete the Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs I was also given The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book, The Audio Adventure book, Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure program guide.  The set of 12  glow in the dark eggs come in four colors, blue, yellow, green and pink and can come with a cross or without – depending on your preference – the cross is a great addition to the eggs – the egg set is $11.99.

Some may ask why glow in the dark eggs?  That is simple, as Christians we believe that Jesus is the light of the world and Egglo Entertainment uses John 1:5 as their basis for making glow in the dark eggs that tell of Jesus being the light of the world.  Isn’t that a great way to connect the Easter story with a fun egg hunt?  The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book, for $12.99,  is a great addition and really is a fun read – it’s colorful and well illustrated, however it is long so we were not able to read it in one sitting, preferring to spread it out over a couple of readings due to some of my children’s short attention spans and that is where the audio version comes in handy.  The audio book version is $2.99 so it’s also economical if you need to save some money or if you just don’t want to read out loud.  If you’re traveling or can’t read aloud right away just play the audio version and listen along – the recording is well done and my children enjoyed listening to both the audio version as well as me reading aloud from the book.

The product is geared for ages 4 to 13 years old but can be adapted for children who may be a bit younger or a bit older than that range, but of course, like my 12 year old she thinks she is ‘too old’ for egg hunts so it depends on the child and the environment.  I will say I regret not taking pictures of my children with their Egglo eggs – and I’ll have to do an updated post with them hunting them in our new house!  I and my children really enjoyed the Scripture scrolls as well – there are 12 in a pack and sell for $4.29 a pack and have verses based on the following Scriptures:  1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:5, proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 5:16 and 28:20, John 1:4, 1:5, 3:16, 8:12 and 12:46 – and they fit perfectly inside the Egglo glow in the dark eggs making a great connection between God’s Word and the egg hunt.

The program guide is a great tool to have on hand if your planning an event for Easter at your church and want to get the children really engaged in the what the Word says about Jesus’ resurrection.  The program guide is $14.99 and I can definitely see it being a benefit for churches, youth groups or even homeschool co-ops however for our immediate family I didn’t use a lot of the ideas as my children just enjoyed the glow in the dark and scroll aspect with the hunt versus a formal activity – as many of the ideas are geared towards a group activity.  The program guide covers many aspects of a group, fun-filled Easter egg hunt such as snack ideas, decorations, devotional, Bible application activity, Egglo hunt guidelines and more including coloring sheets and invitations.

I’m looking forward to using these a lot more with my children, since they charge quickly and stay charged for a long period – I think with charging mine in natural sun light ours stayed charged for around 2 hours, more than enough time for an egg hunt.  Since Easter is coming up soon we’ll be using these again and of course, my children will find other ideas for these too as time goes on and there are more ideas on the Egglo Entertainment Pinterest boards if you need some inspiration.  Also follow along with Egglo Entertainment by checking out their Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ for updates and more ideas on using these and other products for your Easter celebrations.  Also be sure to check out what other parents thought about Egglo Entertainment by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.

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