Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Afters Live On Forever CD Review and Giveaway 9/29/2016

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The Afters - Live on Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”


“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

I had the chance to review this great CD. I actually never heard of this group, but did hear some of their songs. I think it's because i'm old school when it comes to Christian Music, like Amy Grant and PETRA. This CD gives us what we need as Christians. A CD filled with songs we can sing along with that have plenty of meaning. I had cancer in my kidney and nearly bleed out after the operation. I think we all have had close calls, lost people close to us or know of somebody who has gone through things that make us appreciate our lives. This CD helps you to appreciate the life we have waiting for us in heaven.

You have a chance to win this great CD by entering this giveaway. 


Friday, September 16, 2016

THE BIGGEST STORY DVD AND CD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY 9/24/2016

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I had the chance to review The Biggest Story DVD and CD short movie of the Bible. I enjoyed the quick introduction to the Bible and the story all of our kids need to hear. We start from creation, go straight to Jesus, the cross, the resurrection and our future in Heaven. The story is pretty quick, the illustrations are different and cool and the most important story about our Christian religion is told so everybody can understand. I believe this would be a great introduction to a kids Sunday school class.

The CD is easy to listen to in your car, but honestly I like the DVD better because I think the story is much cooler with pictures.

Today, you also have a chance to win your own copy of this great set by entering this giveaway and winning.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

I Love You Just Because Children's Book Review and Giveaway 8/19/2016

I had the chance to review I Love You Just Because Children's Book. This is a very cute book about bears for small children. It teaches children how to be helpful and loving. The book is cute, colorful and had a great meaning. One of those books you use to give as an example to small children about how to treat each other. This book is also put together well, so it should be able to last even if your child uses it a lot.

"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 this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Today, you have a chance to win a copy of this great book by joining the giveaway.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All Things Bright And Beautiful Book Review and Giveaway 8/3/2016

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This book is the perfect hardcover children's book. An old song was taken and surrounded by beautiful children's illustrations. I love how this book can introduce children to God and how he created the world and everything in it. Another great book for my three year old little niece. The book ends with the first chapter and verse of the Bible. In this way, you can introduce your children to God and the Bible at the same time.

You will have a chance to win this great book when you enter this giveaway

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Life We Never Expected Book Review And Giveaway 7/16/2016

This book tells the story of a family who has autistic children. My friend Doug has had three autistic children. He lost his little girl when she was eight, due to other medical problems. His oldest son can talk and does pretty well in life, he now lives in an adult home. Doug's youngest son is eighteen, six foot four, 265 pounds and he cannot talk. Doug's youngest son gets very frustrated with his disabilities and it really affects his behavior. I told Doug about this book, but he said he already lives the life and a book wouldn't help him. All families that have autistic children are affected in different ways and I learned they really have to learn patience.


"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 this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

This book helped me understand my friend's life a bit better and was very educational. Enter this drawing if you would like to have a chance to win your own copy of this book. 


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