David and Goliath

Being a Christian is a big part of our family.  We say prayers before dinner and bedtime.  We go to church regularly, and my son attends Sunday School.  We also read a Children’s Bible story each night before bed.  We try to instill in our children how important God is in our life, so whenever there is an opportunity to share more about Him, we do.

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We were overjoyed to receive a Christian Children’s Movie (https://www.fishflix.com/) to review.  My kids, like every other kid in the world, love movies.  They could not wait to see a movie that talked about God (they’re hard to come by).  So tonight, we popped some popcorn and sat down to watch Superbook: A Giant Adventure (https://www.fishflix.com/superbook-a-giant-adventure-david-and-goliath-dvd-christian-movies.html).

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From the very beginning, my kids (6 and 3), were hooked!  The story was easy to follow and completely relatable.  The characters were fun to watch, and they incorporated God into it without being pushy.  I liked that the movie was only 25 minutes long.  It was long enough for the kids to sit down, relax, and learn a Bible story, but not too long that I was worried about them watching too much television.  Another great thing about the DVD was it came with a family discussion guide complete with Bible passages.  It was easy to sit and talk with the kids about what the message from the movie was and how we can use it in our day to day life.

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Overall I would highly suggest the Christian Children’s films from http://www.fishflix.com.  They have a wide variety of movies for all ages and interests.  You won’t be disappointed!

Eating in the Middle

One of my main mantras in life is, “Everything in moderation.”  I try to eat healthy as often as I can, but let’s be honest, I love food.  I have learned over the years, that as soon as I restrict myself or tell myself I cannot have something, I end up eating more than I ever have.  I love this cookbook for just that reason.

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Eating in the Middle gives you healthy recipes, and recipes that are “better for you.”  It teaches you how to eat in balance.  I also love this cookbook because of the wide variety of foods.  It has everything from pancakes, to salsa, to meatballs, and brownies.  Most of the recipes include ingredients you can find in your own kitchen.  Nothing too exotic or hard to find.  I look forward to trying even more of the recipes, but the Greek Yogurt Pancakes were delicious.  Even my kids loved them!

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“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

The Catholic Catalogue

I was raised Catholic, but after I made my First Communion, we moved out of state and stopped really practicing.  I met my husband in high school and started going to church again with him.  I received my Confirmation, was married in a Catholic Church, and both of my kids have received Baptism.  I am just now really starting to learn and become interested in my faith.

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As I read The Catholic Catalogue, I have learned that Catholicism is more than just going to church.  There are so many traditions and relics with stories and important meanings behind them.  Some of them I knew about, Christmas, St. Nicholas, holy water, the sign of the cross, etc. Many of them I was not aware of, such as St. Lucy, the saint for schoolgirls, or that the Fourth of July is not just a national holiday but a Catholic celebration.  The book is so informative and explains so easily.  I love that the chapters are short and to the point.  There is no fluff, just truth.

I highly recommend The Catholic Catalogue to any Catholic wanting to learn more about their faith.  I plan on keeping this book as a reference.  I’m sure my kids will start asking me questions, and it’s hard to remember it all.  Great, Great book.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

God’s Not Dead 2

I can honestly say I never read God’s Not Dead, I only saw the movie.  The film was absolutely incredible, so I can only imagine how great the book was.  I could not wait to dive into God’s Not Dead 2.

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It begins with a high school history teacher leading a discussion about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.  A student brings up Jesus’ role, and another student starts quoting scripture.  Parents find out, complain, the teacher gets suspended from school, and a lawsuit ensues.  I was expecting the main characters to be the same as God’s Not Dead.  They were all different, but the author does a great job of bringing the first books’ characters in and explaining what they are up to now.

I liked that the chapters were short, so I could read it even with the kids running around. It was easy to follow, very inspiring, and very moving.  It makes you realize how God is everywhere, and will help you, you just need to pray and ask.  I highly recommend it, and cannot wait for the movie to come out!

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