Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I used to LOVE to read books - LOVE!! But as I grew up and my life got busier I just never made the time for it. Well that's going to change, because in 2015 one of my goals is going to be to compile a list of 100 books to read and share!
I'm pretty excited about this freebie, because I've never read this story *sad, I know!* It may not be actually "reading" but listening is the next best thing! To grab your FREE Audiobook Download of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens simply head over to Random House Audiobooks on Facebook and enter your email address! This audiobook retails for $19.99 on Amazon, so grab it while its free! :)
Note: If you are on a mobile device, you will be able to stream the audiobook but not download it. You are only able to download the file from a computer.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Our family suffers from allergies - this time of the year is THE WORST! That's why I'm glad I was chosen to try out Scotties tissues! I've always been a Kleenex girl *gasp* I know - I accepted a mission from the competitor! But I'm happy I did and here's why:
*Doesn't make your nose red from being irritated, just because you blow your nose!
*Is super soft!
*Quality is great - holds up well!
*Is Kid-Approved in our home!
*Is a company that cares!
Want to try Scotties for yourself? That's great, cause I have a coupon to share with you! Your Welcome :)
Friday, December 5, 2014
One of our family's favorite ways to spend time together is to grab a movie and snuggle up on the couch. Even better, when we can sneak in a lesson with the movie. And, three thumbs up when it is a Christian movie or movie that teaches us about the Bible! That's why I was excited when I had the opportunity to view The Gospel of John prior to its release on Netflix!
About The Gospel of John:
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John's gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the word of God made human. John is clear that when we encounter Jesus, we encounter God. The gospel writer points to the miracles (the 'Signs') and teachings as evidence of Jesus' special relationship as the divine Son of God.
This full length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood ("Homeland", "Diamond Blood", "Merchant of Venice") it is based on the latest theological, historical and archeological research. With specifically constructed sets and extraordinary authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.
Check out the trailer below:
About The Lumo Project:
FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
A groundbreaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films - one for each Gospel account - that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of the First Century Palestine in which he lived.
For more information, connect via The Lumo Project Website, Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram!
I chose the NIV of The Gospel of John. The Lumo Project did an excellent job of sharing the actual Gospel of John. Note I used the word actual. This movie is depicted with a true and unedited representation of the Bible. There are no extravagant storylines or special effects, just a true account of John's gospel.
While I loved how true to the Bible this actually was, I found it hard to keep focus - this could strictly be from my learning style and you may love it, but since this is narrated I felt like I could actually just listen to it and still hear the message. There are actors that beautifully illustrate the scenes, but I feel like this story would have truly reached its full potential if they would have spoken lines versus it being a fully narrated movie. I do believe that the reason they chose to do it this way is because they are able to offer it in 3 versions (NIV, KJV and Spanish). I can't confirm that as I haven't had the chance to speak to anyone with The Lumo Project, but that is my opinion.
This movie is also nearly 3 hours long. If you didn't want to watch the full 3 hours, you can use this movie to supplement a Bible study by selecting the section of the movie that fits the part of John's gospel that you are currently studying. You could also very easily follow along with your Bible, as it is word for word to the version selected.
This movie is a great selection for church studies (think Sunday School) or at home group studies. You and/or your family may even love the movie as it is narrated. In my opinion, I do not think this would be a great fit for younger children, as it would not hold their attention long enough to understand.
I do LOVE the fact that this film was released to Netflix (as of December 1st)! This makes it very convenient to watch from your home TV, laptop or even cell phone!
Overall, this was an excellent movie. You cannot get a movie that is more true to the facts of the Bible than The Lumo Project.
Frugal Southern Living Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation for posting about this movie. I did, however, receive a link for a special viewing prior to its Netflix release from Propeller Consulting, LLC and was entered into a contest, in order to help facilitate my review and share with my readers. Opinions in this review are my own, unbiased thoughts about this movie and yours may vary.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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About the Movie:
Run Time: Approximately 66 Minutes
Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this ground-breaking fast paced and fun filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25 minute episodes: God's Perfect Timing - Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah has Come! - learn about the life and ministry of Jesus, how he died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!
Check out the movie trailer below:
About What's In The Bible:
Buck Denver Asks... What's In The Bible? is a 13 DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible - God's great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David and Jesus, but in this ground-breaking new new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one, big redemptive story. Vischer's signature wit shines through with his all new cast of characters, fast paced flash animation and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won't want to miss!
To learn more about each DVD in the Series or grab Free Printables & Resources, head over to the What's In The Bible Website!
You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
Prior to reviewing this DVD, I had only reviewed one other What's In The Bible Movie "Why Do We Call It Christmas?", but none in the actual 13 DVD Bible series. I highly recommend this series for children! I am an avid lover of VeggieTales (the first series created by Phil Vischer), because I think its a great addition to teaching young children outside of Sunday School and family devotions. From what I saw in this video, I will be purchasing the rest of the series!
I love that this movie entertains AND teaches children about the Bible at the same time! It explains concepts that may, under ordinary circumstances, be a little more harder for younger children to grasp, in a way that is fun and rememberable. This DVD is short enough to hold the attention of young ones, although if it were a little longer I'm sure the puppets, animation and catchy songs would do the part also! It stays true to the scripture, so no exaggerated story lines or missing links to the story here. I love also that it includes a "Parent's Guide" for Volume 10 that you can use as a guideline to start a discussion with your child about the DVD and the concepts they heard, what they think, how they understand, etc.
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Frugal Southern Living Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation for posting about this DVD. I did, however, receive a copy of "What's In The Bible: Jesus is the Good News!" DVD from Propeller Consulting, LLC in order to help facilitate my review and share with my readers. Opinions in this blog post are my own unbiased thoughts about this DVD and yours may vary.
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