Covenant Kids Bk 1-The Law by Andrew Youngblood


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Naomi lives in a place where it has recently become illegal to study or even talk about the faith outside of church on Sunday. But one law can’t stop Naomi. She forms a study group with three other teenagers to learn more about the Bible. As they learn the stories of the Old Testament, they realize God’s plan to bring everyone into a loving relationship with him through his Covenant. But not everyone likes this “Good News”, and Naomi, Pavel, José, and Rose soon find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot to enforce the new law against religion at any cost.

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Perfect for young readers ages seven to thirteen, Covenant Kids–Book One: The Law is both an adventure-filled graphic novel and a thoughtful guide through the Bible’s main stories. The first in a series of twelve, this book covers the biblical stories from Creation through Abraham. Author Andrew Youngblood has a degree in theology and experience both teaching Scripture and running schools. Designed to show how exciting and beautiful the Old Testament is, Covenant Kids reveals what the Bible is really about–God’s great love for each of us.



This is an amazing way to teach kids the Old Testament! As I think about how much kids love comic books, how awesome is it to have Old Testament stories and characters come to life. And in a comic book setting with the graphics just like the graphics in a comic book, only they are Bible base graphics.

If you have a child that maybe doesn’t want to carry a Bible around, I’m thinking he will love to carry this Covenant Kids book around with him/her everywhere. Andrew Youngblood did an awesome job with creating this book, and Alex Campbell does a fantastic job with creating the graphics. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and invest in your children or any child you think would love Covenant Kids!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



Andrew Youngblood has always been passionate about Scripture. He loved reading the stories in the Old Testament as a child. The first thing he bought with his own money was a Bible. When he went to college, he was excited to learn how all the stories fit together. He took several classes, but they were all boring and confusing. He searched for several years until he was finally able to understand how the Bible worked as one story. Once he understood, he was so excited to tell others that he became a teacher!
Andrew has been teaching Scripture to students of all ages for over twenty years. It was the inspiration of his own children that recently led him to write a graphic novel. This is ironic considering how awful he is at drawing. His kids say that even his stick figures are bad! Thankfully, Alex Campbell and the fantastic team at Sky Blue Ink are amazing artists and have turned Andrew’s Bible adventure story into a beautiful work of art!





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3 Bks Welby O’Brien-Formerly a Wife, Love Our Vets, Goodbye For Now + GIVEAWAY

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Formerly a Wife

Help and hope for men and women recovering from the devastation of divorce

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By Welby O’Brien

Shattered, wounded, and wondering how to survive, divorced women and men can find help and hope. A divorce survivor herself, Welby O’Brien meets hurting people right where they are and helps them take the next step toward healing. Amazingly practical, these words of wisdom are rich with scriptural support and encouragement.

Featured on the 700 ClubRecommended resource by:DivorceCareAmerican Association of Christian CounselorsStephen MinistriesChurch Librarian AssociationHas touched thousands of lives



LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD gives help and hope for loved ones of all who struggle with PTSD.

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Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD

by Welby O’Brien

Chances are that if your loved one has seen war or been exposed to severe trauma, he or she has PTSD at some level, and you who love them will also be deeply and profoundly affected.

The rampant number of veterans and everyday citizens struggling with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is shocking, affecting millions, and continues to rise at alarming rates. You may not have PTSD, but if you are living with someone who does, you are suffering from it as well.


Goodbye For Now

All-in-one practical guide for impending loss, or grief following the loss of a loved one

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Practical Help and Personal Hope for Those Who Grieve

What makes Goodbye for Now unique is its extremely practical emphasis. In addition, it’s a gold mine of help all in one book, providing structure, guidance, and comfort amid the overwhelming chaos of grief.

This book is a long-awaited, desperately needed resource. It has value for everyone…from millenials to generation x-ers to baby boomers and on up, all who could lose a loved one, and all who want to be prepared for their own “goodbye.”

Not only is this book tremendously valuable for those who have just lost a loved one, it is even more effective when people can have it IN ADVANCE.

A must-have for all, regardless of where one is on their spiritual journey.

Be prepared…for YOU and for your FAMILY.








Welby O’Brien is one of a kind.

She may be a nationally sought after conference speaker and guest lecturer for groups and leadership training. And an expert on practical advice, including divorce, grief and PTSD. But what sets her apart is that she has lived it herself, researched it, and shares it all with hungry hearts. Impassioned with encouragement, Welby has been touching many with help and hope.

Welby O’Brien holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Portland State University and a teaching degree from Biola University. Drawing from her own personal experiences she has authored Goodbye for Now (grief preparation/support), and Formerly A Wife (divorce recovery) , and LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD.  She is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America, as well as Shepherding Women in Pain.  Actively involved in leadership and teaching for over 30 years, Welby has also been a welcomed guest on radio and television, as well as featured in video productions.

Welby initiated and facilitates the national support network called Love Our Vets – PTSD Family Support, LLC, and has been reaching thousands with her timely book LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD . She was also honored as Woman of the Month by Oregon Women’s Report.

She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon.

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Britfield by C.R. Stewart



Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.images.jpeg.jpg


I usually don’t read a lot of YA books, but this one sounded interesting and since I love beautiful and interesting book covers, this one drew me in. The first few chapters are not so appealing, as they talk about the orphanage Tom has lived in n most of his life. But when he finds out his parents may be alive, the exciting journey begins. And all Tom can remember is Britfield. But back at the orphanage, things are in an uproar and they must find the two runaways asap.

This is a story you will not soon forget. I enjoyed the trip around England with these two characters, with a few twists and turns along the way. And sometimes it was a bit more scary than fun, but that’s the beauty of a well written book because it make you want to keep reading. I grew to love Tom and Sarah, and was wanting to do whatever I could to help them, but it being a book, I couldn’t, sigh. A lot of other characters popped up in this book, with all of Tom and Sarah’s travels, they met a lot of people. And some were likeable, some we not! But they all fit so well as they told this story, each character was needed to finish this story.

If you have tweens and teens, this is a book I highly recommend. Some have even suggested reading this to your younger children, which is a fantastic idea!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.




Born in Newport Beach, California, C.R. Stewart is a prolific writer with twenty years of experience writing fiction, nonfiction, and movie screenplays. In addition, he is a highly respected producer, international consultant, and prominent speaker. He received a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature and European History from Brown University; did post-graduate work at Harvard University; earned an MBA from Boston College; and is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Management and a PhD in Strategy at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Now based in San Diego, he is a strong supporter of education and the arts. C.R. enjoys writing, world travel, reading, riding, swimming, sailing, and tennis. Concerning his first novel for middle grade readers, he said, “I came up with the idea for Britfield and the Lost Crown while sitting in a boring meeting, doodling a picture of a hot air balloon!”

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Chonda Pierce: Unashamed At select Cinemas May 7 & 9 plus GIVEAWAY!


Hey folks, check out Chonda Pierce’s infi and movie trailer for her new Movie. In theaters May 7 a d May 9. Scroll down for the giveaway link.


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This Mother’s Day week, May 7 & 9 at 7:00pm., you and your friends can enjoy a night of laughter and truth as only top selling female comedian, Chonda Pierce, can deliver.  Chonda will make you laugh and think as she boldly proclaims the truth of the Gospel to a hurting world.  Chonda takes a journey into the hearts of the faithful as she engages some of the boldest believers in America. Mike Huckabee, Danny Gokey, the Benham Brothers and others tell their stories of speaking truth to our culture…no matter the consequences. Don’t forget to bring your moms, grandmas and every mother in your church for a night to remember!


Only Chonda can communicate deep and meaningful truth and make you laugh at the same time.  Chonda is unchained, unrestrained and UNASHAMED!





Tiny Truths Bible


With whimsical illustrations and engaging storytelling, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible presents all your favorite stories and diversely represented characters from the Old and New Testaments. It starts at the very beginning with the magnificence of creation and includes Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and ultimately the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the rescuing King.

Uniquely presented in a way that connects each individual story to the next, this book introduces children to the most important ideas and characters of the Bible while also making clear how everything fits together to tell one big story––the story of God’s love for his children.

Kids will want to return to these joyful, memorable stories again and again, building their understanding of God’s Word. And the practical lessons, reminders, and truths found throughout the stories make this an invaluable resource for parents and teachers.

The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible will help your children discover:

Who God is––the one who made everything and everyone
Who we are––his children, whom he loves unconditionally
What we were made for––to love God and everyone else

Introduce your children to the incredible story of God’s enormous love for them with The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible! This book’s bright and engaging cover has a unique feel and pops off the page with debossing.


This isn’t a really cute little Bible for kids. It mad up if a number of Stories in the Bible that give children a good overview of what the Bible is about! And they didn’t leave out the Gospel story, the Death Burriel and Resurrection of our Savior! Yayaya!  So many Bible story books leave this story out. I guess because of them talking about Jesus’ death.

Another thing I like is the beautiful pictures throughout the tiny Bible! Pictures that any child will love looking at over and over, and they are also good questions starters. I love when kids start asking questions from the pictures they see. The cover is even more beautiful with the embossing, that gives the pictures dimension and makes the cover pop out at you!

If you find yourself in need of a Bible for your tiny one, this would be an awesome choice! I highly recommend this adorable Bible!

A copy of this book was provided by Front Gate Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

For Where is God? Is He real? Plus Giveaway!

Where is God? Is He real?


Product details

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 22, 2019)

Look closely and you can see God’s touch all over creation. Like the sun, God is warm. Like the stars, God is dazzling. Like the wind, God is all around, everywhere. God, I Know You’re There, by bestselling author Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrator Lucy Fleming, reminds children of the nearness and goodness of God. Children will discover that God never leaves their side, even if they can’t see or feel Him.

Each page will help children understand the many things in the world we can’t see, touch, or hear are just as real as God is. And even if God feels distant, He is real and He is near.




This! Is an amazing little board book for your very young child. The story of God’s creation is everywhere in this book. The pictures are adorable! And you have fun reading this book to your child, you will also be able to explain the many things on this earth that we can’t see, or touch, but it’s still there, just like God is here with each of us, even though we can’t see or touch him. I included pictures in this review to show you a few of the pages, and there are many more like this in this sweet board book, made with excellent care so your little one will have many years of enjoyment.

A copy of this book was provided by Front Gate Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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Sparkle and Change Bible



Product description

The pink Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to t-shirts. The “mermaid” sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry the Sequin Sparkle and Change Bibleeverywhere!

This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible features a cover with pink sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It’s double the fun! It’s perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.

The ICB, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, is easy for children to read and understand with a third-grade reading level and is typeset in a large, readable font.  The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for. Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations, including topics such as:

  • A Bible timeline
  • A presentation page
  • A place to keep favorite Bible verses
  • Bible maps
  • Articles on topics such as how Jesus loves them, knowing Jesus better, and how to pray, etc.

Your little girl will love her Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible!



First if all, the outside cover of this Bible is adorable! I’ve have fun playing with the Sequins! Any little girl would love to have this beautiful Bible to carry to Church for themselves! I love the beautiful pages inside, they are all geared to girls who love pink and beautiful books. Only this book is one that they will live by their entire life so I love that its made so special!

There is another reason this Bible is special, and it’s because it is the IBC version, a new translation made just for kids on their level so they can easily read and understand the Bible. I have enjoyed looking up verses in this pink copy I have. I’ve also enjoyed reading the extra pages, the fun and unique way this Bible is laid out to help kids if all ages read, study and understand their Bible. If you are looking for a gift for that’s special girl in your life, this Bible would be an amazing gift. It comes in both pink and blue. Each cover is full of sequins that change colors and well, it’s just fun to play with this amazing cover!

I received this DVD movie from FrontGate Christian Blogger Network to watch and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.





CBS (in)courage Devotional Bible



The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible is an invitation for all women to find their stories within the tapestry of the greatest Story ever told—God’s Story of Redemption. Featuring devotions by over one hundred writers of the (in)courage community, the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible provides resources for women to explore the Bible, dive deep into Scripture, record their own stories, and find themselves among friends. Readers will experience Scripture in new ways in the company of women willing to “go first” with everyday stories that bear witness to God’s grace to find beauty in brokenness and hope in the hard. (in)courage is a vibrant online community, reaching thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.


Features include:

  • 312 Devotions by 122 (in)courage community writers
  • 10 distinct thematic Reading Plans
  • 66 Book Introductions connecting each book of the Bible to the whole biblical narrative
  • Stories of courage from 50 women of the Bible
  • Journaling space
  • Topical index
  • Two-column text
  • Theme verses
  • Specialized presentation page

The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.



I enjoy review Bibles. There are so many out there now, in every color, theme, you name it. It’s fun and interesting to view each one and let people know my thoughts. The inCourage Bible is and interesting Bible for Women by Women. No the Bible itself isn’t written by women, but throughout this beautiful Bible you will find so many thing devoted to women only. So many devotions written by women to women for encouragement and support. So many stories of encouragement from women who have been through situations that will surely help someone else going through the same issues.

I found this Bible so encouraging, having been though a lot this year myself. If you are a women in need a great encouragement, the (in)courage Bible May be just want you are looking for  I have included many pictures for you to view this beautiful Bible and my prayer is that many of you will Check out this new Bible. And another place I found wonderful advise and encouraging things is their website, which will be at the end of this post. There is a wealth of information there to help as well!

I received this (in)Courage Devotional Bible from FrontGate Christian Blogger Network to watch and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



At  (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends. Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives. Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.

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fat and faithful by J. Nicole Morgan


Learning to love our bodies, our neighbors and ourselves 

When I saw this book, I knew I had to read and give a review of my thoughts about it because I have always, all my life struggles with weight. I love how this author so vividly explains how we should love and accept ourselves are we are. This things would have helped me tremendously through my life so far had I realized these facts. I fully agree that we should love and accept everyone, no matter how big, little, tall or short, their race or color. And I believe as Christians that we should accept any of these people into our fellowship. Churches are full of sinners, some have been saved by God’s Grace, some who have not found salvation in our loving God as yet. I live how our pastor explains churches. He says churches are hospitals, for the Christians who are in need of help in their everyday lives, at whatever they face, and for the unsaved to come and be healed when they find Jesus as their Savior. There is no room for leaving anyone out.


But sadly society has ruined us all by brainwashing us to believe we should judge a person on how they look, their shape, size, color. And I appreciate this wonderful author for tackling these issues. And I highly commend her for coming forward and speaking out about her own issues with weight. As well as helping millions of people see themselves in a different light. All of this, I appreciate very much.


However I have to agree with another reviewer that some parts of the book is more liberal than I wanted it to be. The Bible clearly says to ‘love the sinner and not the sin’. And I believe that is what I should do as a Christian. And I won’t elaborate on that more, it’s said plain and simple.

0F45873A-3175-4BD8-8911-94F585741810 I received this book from Front Gate Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



J. Nicole Morgan is a sought-after speaker on the topic of fat positivity. She is the cohost of the podcast Fat and Faithful: fat women talk faith, politics, and culture. She blogs at, and her writing has been featured in Christianity Today and Sojourners. Nicole earned her master of theological studies from Palmer Seminary of Eastern University.


PAUL The Apostle of Christ Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital


About the Movie

Paul (Faulkner), who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke(Caviezel), his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius (Martinez), the prison’s prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.


PRODUCED BY:T.J. Berden and David Zelon

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel

STARRING:Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley and John Lynch



I don’t watch a lot of movies, but because of all of the raving reviews, I had to watch his one. And as other have said, I felt as though I was back in the early Bible days of Paul as he lived his life here on earth. I was in awe of how the flashbacks creates as atmosphere of spiritual yearning as Paul writes several letters to Luke. As well as the visits between the two as Luke spends time with Paul in his last days. Being a Christian and knowing a lot of Paul’s story, things like Luke being able to get Paul’s story enough to write the book of Acts was just so neat to watch acted out. Because as a Christian, I know it’s not just acting, it’s truth.

I think the actors did an outstanding job of portraying the Bible character they played. And to put the emotions and such strong feelings into the story made it even more real. This is a movie that every Christian should watch. No matter how much you think you know about Paul’s Journey, watching this movie will Paul to life in a whole new way! I’m about ready to watch it for a second time!
I received this DVD movie from FrontGate Christian Blogger Network to watch and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.




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