Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Home to Chicory Lane" by Deborah Raney

Audrey and Grant have raised their family and are ready for a change, a new challenge. They decide to turn their home into a Bed and Breakfast, which is a lot of work but also cause for celebration. Will everything run smoothly, or will there be some glitches?

The kids are grown and out of the house. Now it is time for Audrey and Grant to do some of the things they always wanted to do. They decide that with all the space they have and their location, it would be a good place for a B&B - the Chicory Inn. There is a lot to do, but they are excited to have friends and family come join them for the opening. But, then their daughter Landyn arrives without her husband, but with her things. It has only been six months and her husband has not only lost his job, but has upended their lives. As they embark on this new venture, will Audrey and Grant have the time and wisdom to lead Landyn? Is that marriage repairable? And, what about the Chicory Inn? Will the opening go well or will they have to cancel their plans? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this new heart-warming story by Deborah Raney.

I love the way Deborah Raney writes. Her stories are filled with real life characters and situations. She drew me right in and I found myself rooting for the characters, especially Audrey and Landyn. If you are looking for a heart-warming story that will fill your evening, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
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About the book: Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.
Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.
Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/ApPTf 

About the author: Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas---the setting of many of Deborah's novels---for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

Find Deborah online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!

 

The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle!

It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public!

Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It's a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming "Let's Get Together Festival" in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family's The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.

Plus, here's a sneak peek of a new episode called "The Lone Lawman"!


Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids' Radio show set in the Old West. "The Lone Lawman" features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.


Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page on the 28th to see if you won! (You'll see the winner's name in the widget.)
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

"NIV: The Journey Bible"

The Bible is a book that should be read and learned from. Are you a spiritual explorer? Do you like to study and learn about Bible truths, people, and places? This may be the Bible for you.

 In the new "Journey Bible," readers will find the NIV translation along with Bible helps like: "Knowing Yourself," "Explorer Stories," "Reasons to Believe," "Timelines," and "Addressing Questions." There is also a Dictionary/Concordance right in the Bible, so the study helps are handy. It is a little bulkier than an ordinary Bible, but less so than a Bible with all the extra books to help. Each book also has its own introduction with "The Bottom Line," "Central Ideas," "Outline," and "Timeline." 

I have really enjoyed getting into this Bible, taking a good look at the study helps, and finding some really good information. I especially like the questions and answers about Jesus along with the "Defining Moments of the Old and New Testaments." Each Bible reader is different, but if you are a "spiritual explorer," you might want to get to a bookstore and check this one out. I received my review copy from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club – join today for just $5!


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 For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE! Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download and CD purchase, but if you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album now! Guess what? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5!
Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):



It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.
One way families can carry out God's design for families is by serving their community—right where God has planted them, being His hands and feet together. Want to serve your community with your family, maybe make a day of out it? Here are some fantastic ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members:



  • Make scarves through the year and deliver them to your local homeless shelter at the start of winter, or regularly donate food to your local food bank. —Shirley 

  • Our family likes to help with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin 

  • We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa 

  • We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna 

  • We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy 

  • Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. We also supports the Durham Rescue Mission, which helps people break free from addictions and restore families. —Melissa 

  • We live in a very rural area. Our church serves two of the poorest zip codes in the state, and about a decade ago, they started operating a food pantry out of a closet. It has expanded since then, so we now use the closet for storage, but the pantry is basically a classroom. The kids and I serve over there a lot. My 17-year-old and I go to Care & Share (50 miles away) to get food to bring back to the pantry. All of us help unload and stock shelves. On pantry days, everyone can get involved with helping people go through the line, playing with the kids, carrying boxes out to cars, etc. There are so many hungry folks, especially in the summer when school breakfasts and lunches aren't available, and helping a bit to put food on some tables is such a blessing for us all. —Debra 

  • We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and our Sunday school. —Michele 

  • We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, which 100% of the profits goes to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah 

  • Our church works with a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. We cook food ahead of time, and when our schedules allow we ride down with the group to serve the food. My son always reminds me when we haven't been for awhile, so it's something he looks forward to. —Maria 

  • We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others' meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn

Did that provide some ideas to give your family service activity the kick-start it needs? What other ideas do you have for serving your community? Share in the comments!



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Monday, July 21, 2014

"Firewall (FBI: Houston)" by Diann Mills

Taryn Young is at the top of her game. She has just created some exciting new software for her company and had a wonderful whirlwind romance. Now she and her new husband (Step) are ready to take off for their honeymoon. But, when the unthinkable happens, will she be able to prove her innocence?

Taryn was so excited to leave on her honeymoon; to share some quiet time with her new husband. But, before they boarded their plane, a bomb went off, destroying most everything in its path. Taryn sustained some injuries but was well enough to look for her husband. Step is missing! Of course, everyone in the terminal is questioned by the FBI. Taryn finds that she and her husband are prime suspects! She can't believe that they think she did something wrong and that they can't find her husband. As she continues to beg Agent Grayson Hall to believe her, he finds that something in her story rings true to him. Was her husband the mastermind looking for a cover, making Taryn an innocent bystander? Does the software Taryn created have anything to do with the bombing? Who blew up the terminal? Is Taryn in danger?

What a great read! I was interested in the story from beginning to end. Diann Mills writes in such a way that her readers feel connected to the story and characters. I also liked that it is something that was realistically handled with thought and research. If you enjoy intrigue and suspense, you will enjoy this book. I received my review copy from Tyndale Books in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club still $5.00! Add more fun to the summer.

Inject some fun into your kids' summer! Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for $5—limited time! http://bit.ly/1itH5EO
The Odyssey Adventure Club is an on-line membership experience where the great adventure awaits! Listen to the entire library of Adventures In Odyssey audio episodes, hear exclusive stories not available anywhere else...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"NIV Teen Study Bible" from Zondervan

The Bible is an important book for all ages, but there are some things that pertain specifically to teens. This Bible is designed to help teens read and study the Bible with effectiveness and understanding. Throughout the Bible, teens will find extras like: Questions, Answers, Bonus Questions, Panorama, Instant Access, To the Point, and Dear Jordan questions. Each of these is meant to bring Scripture to life and make it pertinent to a teenager's life. From the "Apostles Creed" through the Bible and ending with beautiful maps, teenagers will discover the message God has for them.

I enjoyed looking through this Bible and seeing the wonderful "extras" that are included. It is not the version I normally read, but I found wonderful thougts and help for the teenagers I know. It is easy to see the study, thought, and prayer that went into creating the teen study sections. If you enjoy this version of the Bible and have a teen, this is definitely for you. If not, it is still worth a look to see what God may have to say to you. I received my review copy from the Book Look program in exchange for an honest review.