The Door Within Review

The Door Within Review & Giveaway

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Disclosure: As a Tommy Mommy I was provided the DVD for review purposes.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

Title: The Door Within

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: 2013

ISBN: 9781400322640

Genre: Fantasy, Tween

Pages: 368

Price: $6.99

About the Book:

There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.

Aidan Thomas is miserable. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a new school and fitting in with a new group of friends. But when he begins having nightmares and eerie events occur around his neighborhood, Aidan finds himself drawn to his grandfather’s basement—where he discovers three ancient scrolls and a mysterious invitation to another world.

No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he discovers a long-fought war between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy with unfathomable power. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King?

With over 250,000 copies sold in The Door Within trilogy, this is a perfect time to introduce the series to a new tween audience The fantasy genre is wildly popular among young readers, and this series will leave tweens and teens on the edge of their seats.

My thoughts:

It’s seems that since the recent boom of young adult books being turned into blockbuster movies that genre is becoming more and more popular with book lovers of all ages. I think my Kindle app has more books in the young adult genre than any other, especially the fantasy books.  With the Door Within you get the best of both worlds for a christian.  It’s a fantasy book that Christians can read and enjoy.  The book is captivating and when you pick it up, you probably will have a hard time putting it down like I did.  The author did an amazing job drawing you into the story and bringing all the different characters to life.  Even better this book is just the first in a trilogy so there is much more to enjoy.  Plus the book is currently on sale for only $4.19, that’s a steal.  If you are looking for a new read pick this one up you won’t be disappointed. Take a peek inside the book below.

The Giveaway

One lucky reader can win a copy of the book thanks to Tommy Nelson Mommy.  The giveaway is open to residents of the US 13 years and older (with parent permission).  The giveaway will run from today until September 23th at 11:59PM.  Enter via the widget below.  Good Luck.

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The Prodigal Pig DVD Review

The Prodigal Pig DVD Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: As a Tommy Mommy I was provided the DVD for review purposes.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

You’re probably well aware of the parable of the Prodigal Son well this DVD tells the story in a way that easy and fun for kids to understand.  I also love these DVDs because of all the extras they have packed on the disk.  Not only do you get the movie for the kids to watch but there are fun activities and games for the kids to play to further relay the message and also help the kids learn some different words and more.  It’s a great gift to give to any child and it’s only priced at $7.99 so it’s affordable for all occasions.

About the DVD:

Porkchop the Pig teaches the story of the Prodigal Son in a funny and memorable way!

Wacky animals and their hilarious antics will have kids rolling with laughter as they watch the story of Porkchop (Randy Travis), a pig with dreams of making it big in the music business—no matter the cost!

Farmer Bob gives Porkchop the money he needs to follow his dreams, but the friends Porkchop makes in the big city don’t turn out to be as nice as he thought. When Jenny the sheepdog (Amy Grant) and some of the other animals save the day, Farmer Bob welcomes Porkchop home with open arms, and even Hercules the tough-talking rooster (Vince Gill) learns the value of forgiveness.

Bonus educational features include a music video and cartoon based on the letter P, a read-along digital storybook that lets kids decide when to “turn the page,” and an option to view the entire Prodigal Pig DVD with pop-up Ps every time a word that begins with P is used! A literacy message to parents is also included.

More bonus features include bloopers, character commentary, and a behind-the-scenes look at how Farmer Bob’s farm was created! Based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, this funny and educational DVD will have kids laughing and learning along with their favorite farm critters!

The Giveaway

Tommy Nelson Mommy is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of the DVD for themselves.  The giveaway will run from today until September 20th @ 11:59 PM.  You must be 18 or older to enter and open to residents of the US only.  Enter via the widget below.  Good Luck.

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My ABC of God Loves Me Review

My ABC of God Loves Me Review & Giveaway

Title: My ABC of God Loves Me

Author: Thomas Nelson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1400322756

Genre: Children’s

Pages: 13

Price: $6.99

About the book:

An adorable board book that spells out God’s love to little ones!

Christian parents are constantly looking for ways to integrate faith into every facet of life. By combining learning concepts with basic biblical principles of God’s love, children learn about faith alongside foundational language skills.  With beautiful illustrations and whimsical rhyming text, this padded board book is a soft but durable format for little hands to carry. Kids will enjoy learning about the alphabet, and parents will delight in reminding young hearts of the wonderful ways God shows His love for His children.

My thoughts:

This is a very cute book for kids five and under.  My six year old daughter reads it on her own nightly.  The little handle on the side makes it easy to carry around and it’s made of a hard cardboard so its very durable.  It’s a great gift to add on to anything you are gifting a little one.  Pick this up for all the little kids in your life.  The drawings are so cute and its a nice introduction to the many ways of how God Loves all of us.

See a preview below:

One lucky reader can win a copy of My ABC of God Loves Me. The giveaway runs from today until August 8th at 11:59 PM. Enter via the tool below.

 

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The Blessings Jar Review

The Blessings Jar Review & Giveaway

Title: The Blessings Jar

Author: Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1400322732

Genre: Children’s

Pages: 22

Price: $12.99

About the Book:

God gives us so many blessings. Let’s look and see all we have to be thankful for!

Alexa Grace is having a bad day, but then Grandma arrives with something special for “Grandma’s Little Punky Grace”—an Ebenezer jar that she thinks is very peculiar. Grandma explains that an Ebenezer is a “stone of help” and represents God’s blessings. Alexa Grace wonders if she can fill the jar with some of God’s blessings. She goes on the hunt with her furry Newfoundland puppy and Grandma, and Alexa Grace’s new blessing jar soon overflows with God’s wonders.

Filled with charming artwork, this heartwarming book is the first preschool children’s title by bestselling author Colleen Coble. The Blessings Jar celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren and teaches little ones an important lesson about recognizing even the smallest of God’s blessings and being thankful for them all.

Preview the book below:

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My thoughts:

My kids loved this book, especially my daughter.  A few years ago my mother had a stroke and my daughter was with her when it happened.  She was scared and didn’t know anything that was going on.  All she wanted to know was if her Nana was going to be okay.  When she finally came home it was just before Christmas and it was a blessing to us.  The book reminded my daughter of that time and being super thankful for all the blessings in our lives.  She wants to read this book daily and even wants to take it with her to her grandparent’s house so she can share it with her grandmother.  It’s a great book and the reminders of finding blessings in the smallest things always makes my day when we pick up this book.  I feel good about sharing this with my children at a young age so they learn to appreciate all that God has blessed them with.  It’s a great gift to give to your children and making your very own blessing jar is a great project as well.  We are currently working on our own blessing jar.

One lucky reader will have a chance to win their own copy of the Blessing Jar.  The giveaway starts now and ends August 8th @11:59 PM.  Enter via the tool below.

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book for review from Tommy Nelson Mommy.  Any and all opinions are my own and have not been influenced.

 

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue Book Review

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue Book Review

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book for review from Tommy Nelson.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

Title: Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Author: Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: 2013

ISBN: 9781400321063

Genre: Tween Christian Fiction

Pages: 256

Price: $7.49

About the book:

In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery. 

Emily O’Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor’s fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she’ll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.

Emily isn’t willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn’t prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!

My thoughts:

It’s summer and kids are out of school and this is a great book to add to your child’s summer reading list.  My daughter was to young to read this book but it made a great gift for my niece.  She couldn’t put it down at all.  It’s a great story and a great way to get you child into reading a different genre of books.  Perfect for summer reading programs, summer travel, camps and so much more it’s a great gift for young ladies between the ages of 8 and 14.  It’s a light-hearted sleuthing novel that will have you child excited about the story and wanting to finish the book to find out more about the characters and who is the culprit.  This is book that you won’t have to worry about what your child is reading because it’s safe and right for their age.  So if you get a chance pick it up for a special girl in your life.

As a Tommy Nelson Mommy I have the opportunity to give away a copy of the book.  The giveaway is open to residents of the US and you must be 13(ask your parents for permission) or older to enter.   The giveaway will end on 7/15/2013.  To enter simple answer one of the following questions:

What is your son/daughter’s favorite type of fiction book?
Do your kids have any summer reading requirements for school or homeschooling?
How do you make sure your kids keep reading during the summer?

 

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Prayers for Girls/Boys Book Review

Prayer’s for Girls/Boys Book Review

I am so excited to announce that I am now a Tommy Nelson Mommy.  That means that each month I get to review great products geared towards sharing christian values and beliefs with my children.  They get to learn about God and his son Jesus and lots of other moral and character lessons.  For the month of April the theme is Honesty since on April 30th is National Honesty Day.

Title: Prayers for Girls/Boys

Author: Gabrielle Mercer

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: February, 2013

ISBN: 978-1400322145

Genre: Juvenile NonFiction, Devotional & Prayer

Pages: 20

Price: $6.99

About the book/s:

Prayers for Girls and Prayers for Boys are great choices for parents looking to introduce children to the importance of prayer.

The perfect impulse purchase for moms and grandmas with little ones, these padded board books are complete with adorable art and an affordable price! They are a great year-round purchase but make an especially perfect gift for Easter baskets! Bright, colorful, and with the right amount of text to hold a child’s attention, these books also have handles for little hands to carry.

Prayers for Girls comes in a vibrant, eye-catching magenta—the perfect gift for any little girl for Sunday school or birthday party. Prayers for Boys comes in a fun, happy blue, and it also serves as a great gift for any occasion. Prayers for Girls and Prayers for Boys go beyond merely an attractive cover—they seek to teach little ones the value of prayer.

My thoughts:

I really loved these books.  I had the opportunity to review them both since I have a daughter and two sons.  The book is perfect for children up to age six.  It has rhyming words and its beautifully illustrated.  The handles on the books make it easy for kids to carry and mines took theirs with them to visit their grandparents.  I liked that it showed them that it was fine to prayer any where and any time, out lour or quietly, with friends or parents, and inside or outside.  I liked that it is helping my children feel comfortable with saying prayers, this is very important because as they get older they will continue to pray.  The books also drives home the message that God is listening to them, that he hears their words and he is there for them each and every day.  It only takes five minutes to read it to your children.  My husband reads the books to our kids and then they say their prayers before going to bed.  We already encourage them to  prayer and they have a prayer memorize for bedtime.

I would recommend this book for younger children and it can be for any occasion.  It’s a great christening/baptism gift as well.  Also great for birthdays, Christmas, Easter or a just because gift.  To find out more about the books and to purchase them you can buy them directly from Tommy Nelson or Amazon.  You can also visit the Tommy Nelson website for free coloring pages.  Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Be sure to check back soon for you chance to win a copy of either Prayers for Girls or Prayers for Boys for a child in your life.

Disclosure: As a Tommy Nelson  Mommy I was given an opportunity to review the books above.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

 

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