Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB

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It’s been an interesting summer for me here in Florida filled with many blessings. How amazing things are with God’s hand leading the changes! Between making the decision to try and sell our house so we can move closer to my hubby’s work and our church, to starting my own educational resources company – this has been a blur of a summer. The really neat part of all this is through this crazy busy time, God’s allowed me to be offered endless opportunities to do reviews of Bibles, Christian CDs, and other great Christian and family friendly resources! It’s such a refreshing part of my interest in blogging to be able to learn about great new products and share my reviews with all of you. What I love even more are the opportunities to put these valuable resources into your hands absolutely free with our giveaways! A huge round of applause and deepest thanks to so many wonderful sponsors that offer these amazing blessings to my readers – including today’s totally fantastic Bible being featured for review and giveaway: The Apologetics Study Bible for Students!

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This Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is a beautifully crafted hardcover that has a sharp outer design for the cover as well as similar graphics occasionally on the inside. I love the indented and colored tabs to help quickly put your fingers near the right book of the Bible for easier study.  The commentaries and articles scattered randomly throughout this Apologetics Study Bible for Students are very interesting and thought provoking – calling the learner to deeper study and understanding of the particular topic being shared. I rather enjoyed some of the quotes featured and have shared them with others myself. It’s nice to see someone who is fluent in the Word of God trying to reach student’s hearts and minds with topics that would be important to them.

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One of the best parts added to this Bible were the 25 Tactics available for students to learn how to stand up to opposition to Christianity by better understanding why they believe what they believe.  In a nut shell, it’s giving them the courage to share their faith with others boldly for Christ. That’s what it’s all about, right?

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There are so many cool features in this Bible it is hard to mention them all, but here’s a list from the back cover:

  • Built on the Holman Christian Standard Bible — a clear, contemporary English translation that’s faithful to the original languages of the Bible.
  • Book Introductions — for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
  • Study Notes — provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
  • 120 Articles — written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions.
  • 60 Twisted Scriptures — address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.
  • 50 Bones & Dirt — features important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value.
  • 50 Notable Quotes — from influential people throughout history
  • 25 Tactics — will equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments
  • 20 Personal Stories — will encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in people’s lives.
  • 20 Top Five — are bullet point lists that help readers remember significant apologetics topics
  • Contributors include: Sean McDowell, Greg Stier, Alison Thomas, Dan Kimball, and more than 45 others

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students will ground Christian students in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses to difficult and heartfelt challenges to core issues of faith and life. It’s the study Bible that will actually help students articulate their faith. Think of it as Christian apologetics 101.

*Special thanks to Flyby Promotions for sponsoring the giveaway for one winner to receive a Free Apologetics Study Bible for Students just like this one!!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive an Apologetics Study Bible for Students.

Location: Must be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years or older.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on August 27th.

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media channel. Love2EncourageYou received a free copy in exchange for a review.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

 

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Back To School Fun with Peppa Pig on DVD

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Woo-hoo! It’s that time of year again – Back To School! I know many parents are excited about getting school underway again, but for many children the back to school time can be one of nervous tension or fear. I am happy to share about a fun, new video from Peppa Pig called, “Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip” that will help your child dismiss some of those tensions and anxieties and get excited about going Back To School again! It even comes with a nice little Scholastic mini book for your child to enjoy and relive the episode about the Class Trip.

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After enjoying all the episodes on this adorable Peppa Pig DVD, my eight year old daughter shared her favorite episode was the one about going to the library. She says it made her excited about school time starting again and enjoying going to the library and all the cool things you can do there! She loves to learn about new things and books are such a great way for her to study on her own.

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There were all sorts of neat songs and cute things they did in these other Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip episodes about field trips or playing in the gym at school. The kids learn how to use their imaginations, appreciate the outdoors and nature, learn about echoes and more! It was lots of fun seeing my four year old’s reaction to when they fed bread to the ducks in the outdoors episode. He immediately asked if we could go feed the ducks at the park near us too!

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Peppa Pig has lots of enjoyable lessons and cute characters with lots of different personalities so every child can find someone to relate to. The educational elements in this DVD were very helpful and come highly recommended to teachers, parents and homeschoolers looking for a fun transition activity by showing this video to your children or students to get excited about school again.

The “Peppasodes” include:

  • School Bus Trip
  • The School Camp
  • Gym Class
  • School Play
  • Mister Skinnylegs
  • Jamble Sale
  • Sports Day
  • The Quarrel
  • Madame Gazelle’s Leaving Party
  • The Library

Visit www.peppapig.com to learn more about Peppa Pig! Follow on social media:

Twitter @PeppaPigUS

www.facebook.com/OfficialPeppaPigUS

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Reading Rainbow’s Skybrary App Can Help Improve Reading Skills

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IMG_2202I can’t wait to tell you about two great Reading Rainbow products – the new DVD “Animal Cafe,” and a new online offering called SKYBRARY! The new DVD, features four episodes from the classic PBS series, while the new web-based SKYBRARY provides access to children’s books and story-driven educational video field trips (500+ books, 150+ video field trips). Your kids or students in school are going to love them both!

IMG_2204First let me share about the incredible Skybrary App or Online site where your kids can read, be read to, watch virtual field trip videos, and interact with cool effects within the books they’re reading! My daughter was so excited when I told her we get to have a subscription to the Reading Rainbow Skybrary app that she jumped up on my lap and hugged me! lol.

IMG_2225She had tried the awesome 14 day free trial before and was so sad when her time was up. This Skybrary experience is a must have for homeschoolers, or parents who wish to give their kids the opportunity to enjoy learning and reading on a daily basis through all the terrific books, videos and interactions on this site. You can use Skybrary on your computer, tablet, phone or other mobile device.

IMG_2227I highly recommend at least trying the 14 day free trial, but believe me … investing the small subscription price is well worth it! My kids are glued to reading right now! They were so drawn in by all the fun stories and videos that they sat as close as they could next to each other so they can see what the other was currently reading and check out two fun books at once! Too cute!

My four year old is now walking around the house telling us about Giant Pandas and Red Pandas eating bamboo 12 hours a day and how cute they are when the cubs roar. Check out this YouTube video I made of my 4 yr old imitating the panda cub on the Reading Rainbow Skybrary App!

IMG_2229The Skybrary experience allows the child to choose their own personal interests for books such as princesses, animals, vehicles, and more. They can even choose a themed “backpack” to store their chosen books in that they checked out and then return their books to the book return when they are done. You can see in the picture that my daughter chose the pretty pink princess backback for hers.

There is even a sticker rewards section that gives the students virtual stickers (after reading a book) that they can drag and place on different themed “islands” to decorate them. My four year old really loves this option and keeps wanting to read more books to earn more stickers! Yay!

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I am so grateful for this amazing Skybrary subscription! It has been fun to see the kids blossoming in their reading skills while using it so often. They just LOVE using Skybrary!

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My four year old uses the “Read to Me” feature, while my daughter switches often from “Read it myself” to the “Read to Me” feature and vice versa. She even has her little brother sit next to her and reads the story to him and lets him press the swirling spots on the pages that are interactive and they both giggle together watching the motion or action it created.

New Online Service –SKYBRARY
Designed to entice and excite children’s natural sense of curiosity about their world, SKYBRARY delivers an adventure-based unlimited book reading and video field trip experience.
Young readers and pre-readers pilot their own personal hot air balloons among SKYBRARY’S seven unique themed islands, each featuring a wide array of quality literature and video content. These engaging worlds of animals, music, adventure, science, heroes, friends and family feature more than 500 books from esteemed authors and acclaimed publishers, made available to children as “read by myself” or “read to me,” and contain interactive elements that enhance enjoyment while preserving the reading experience. More than 150 newly produced and classic video field trips with host LeVar Burton show children they can “Go Anywhere, Be Anything” as they are taken behind the scenes to places such as the White House, the Los Angeles Ballet, the Grand Canyon and Cirque du Soleil.
SKYBRARY is available at www.readingrainbow.com and offers a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to the complete digital library of books and videos. After the trial period ends, subscription plans are available. SKYBRARY is available from RRKidz.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the DVD and temporary subscription to Skybrary for the purpose of a review.

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Now to share about the fun-filled and educational DVD called “Animal Cafe” by Reading Rainbow with La Var Burton! This DVD is a great Back to School item to have on hand for showing to students in your homeschool or classroom. I personally love reading quality books and Reading Rainbow does a tremendous job choosing the finest, high quality and award winning books to present to their readers and listeners during the Reading Rainbow DVD episodes.

These animated stories often feature a main message such as good morals and values, friendship, etc. and they usually have La Var introduce the story in a fun and unique way then he sums it up again at the end. My son and daughter like watching these before bedtime and also during homeschool time when I need them to have a good educational transition activity to calm them down from recess time outdoors or when I’m introducing a new theme in one of our subjects like reading or history.

This new “Animal Cafe” DVD we got to review is a fun filled and educational! LaVar Burton helps kids engage with this entertaining video by introducing each concept or lesson within it and the book the idea or story originates from.  The interesting and sometimes even comical mini lessons he acts out during the episodes can be quite funny, but always worth watching and listening to the point in the story.  One of our favorite episodes was the first one which takes us behind the scenes in areas of NY city and other great learning experiences. The kids were fascinated learning about bats, and the fish markets in NY.

These episodes are filled with suggestions on wonderful books that are packed with educational tidbits on these subjects. I really enjoyed the presentation of each episode and have always felt Reading Rainbow does a fabulous job providing top quality educational entertainment for kids of all ages.

Don’t miss starting the new school year off right and picking up a copy of the “Animal Cafe” DVD by Reading Rainbow for your kids or your classroom (if you’re a teacher). I highly recommend purchasing 6 months or a year’s worth of Skybrary App to enjoy throughout the months and watch your kids imaginations and interest in reading soar!

New DVD – “Reading Rainbow: Animal Café”
The four episodes and books featured in this DVD are “Animal Cafe,” read by Martin Short, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” read by Gilda Radner, “Ludlow Laughs,” read by Phyllis Diller, and “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message,” read by Nicholson Earl Billey. Airing on PBS from 1983-2009, and hosted by LeVar Burton (“Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) for its entire 26-year run, the program garnered more than 200 awards, including 26 Emmys and a Peabody Award. To learning about comedy in one episode, to profiling people who have occupations in the evening and early morning in another, LeVar takes children on fun-filled learning adventures they won’t forget.
“Animal Café” will be available at Target and other retailers starting June 30, 2015. The DVD run time is approximately 120 minutes and its SRP is $6.99. This DVD is available from PBS Distribution.
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New Album by TobyMac: This Is Not A Test

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Fabulous timing for the release of this newest album in the Christian music genre! Needing some new tunes on your way to work or school this fall? Check out the latest smash hit new album by none other than TobyMac! His new album “This Is Not A Test” features many guests, a couple pretty cool remixes and some hot new songs with totally jammin’ beats that share the all-important inspirational message or encouragement we all need on a daily basis from our music choices. Don’t miss entering the giveaway below!

While giving his all to this album (as always), TobyMac also added that favored musical rap flavor from his days with D.C. Talk that I loved listening to in college at Liberty (also where TobyMac attended!) I’m sure many of you have already heard his hit single “Beyond Me” that the radio stations have been playing from this brand new “This Is Not A Test” album, well wait until you hear the rest of this album – there are too many songs to name at once but I have enjoyed them all!

Some of my favorite songs on the album are “Feel It” and “Like a Match” and I love “Beyond Me” of course. I’m also tickled with the original style and music in the new title hit, “This Is Not A Test”. There are so many great things to say about this new album – the musical variation in the songs are incredible, the lyrics never disappoint from a Christian stand point (which is worth applauding!), and his charm and obvious gift for music shines through as much as TobyMac’s desire to use his music to encourage others in the Lord.

Five stars for this fantastic new album from TobyMac called “This Is Not A Test”! I strongly encourage you to check it out for yourself and grab a copy today! We love it hear at our house with my eight year old daughter dancing away to the beat of these catchy songs. My teen son gives it two thumbs up as well and can’t wait to play it for his friends.

About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and – perhaps most relevant of all – the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  “It’s the truth,” he says.  “I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone’s mind and heart.”
ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 
Don’t be shy, come chat it up with TobyMac on social media! Visit on all your favorite social media channels and follow to learn more about TobyMac and the excitement around this incredible new album!



YOUTUBE CHANNEL – Includes a 3 part video series for the song Feel It (see link on the Feel It giveaway below) 
FEEL IT GIVEAWAY(Feel It will be the 2nd single released from the new album – and personally, I think it’s an awesome song!)
Tweet with us! Use the OFFICIAL HASHTAG:  #THISISNOTATEST

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Prize: One winner will receive a physical copy of the new album by TobyMac called “This Is Not A Test”!

Location: Must be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on August 17th.

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a digital copy of the album for the purpose of a review. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook or any other social media channel. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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FamilyLife’s Passport2Purity Getaway Kit Educates and Brings Smiles

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Even though my daughter is only 8.5 yrs and not yet a preteen, she is already showing the early signs of curiosity by having questions about life’s important yet awkward challenges involving growing up, physical development, and marriage and family.  As a caring mom who values my child’s curiosity and desire to live a righteous life, I was thrilled to have the chance to review this amazing Getaway Kit by Barbara and Dennis Rainey called FamilyLife’s Passport2Purity.
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I did not go through the entire course with my sweet, innocent 8 yr old daughter, but we did cover the beginning parts of the course and spent that all important quality time together getting to have deeper conversations and question and answer time in a positive and personal environment where she felt comfortable enough to talk about it.
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I loved her excitement with the idea of a “passport” to purity. She thought that was awesome! It related to her  creative/imaginative nature and she was completely interested in learning more. We made our own little passports creating these sketch versions of our profile photos and printed them out to take with us on all our getaway weekend excursions. I brought “stampers” with me to appeal to her age level and we stamped our passports wherever we went and wrote it down in our journal.
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We pretended to be away on an exotic vacation together playing spa with painting nails and putting on make-up before getting to go out for something special to eat. We followed it up with our favorite dessert – Dairy Queen ice cream! Prayer times, listening to the messages from the cds, object lessons, and heart to heart chats were a big part of our weekend. She loved one on one time with mom and it gave me the chance to have constant opportunities to work in conversations about purity from the lessons in Passport2Purity as follow up to really know if she was understanding what we discussed and taking it to heart.
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I am pleased to share the Passport2Purity Getaway Kit is a huge success, and I plan to use many of the additional lessons we were not able to cover yet (at her young age) in the future when she is a little older. The foundation it is building is a fantastic start to knowing my daughter is on the right track to living a life of purity and being able to make the best choices in tough situations in the future. It also developed a stronger bond between mother and daughter so I feel she will want to come to me now with questions she has and not take it elsewhere such as the internet or friends who might not provide the best choice of answers to her questions.
About the getaway kit:
(1) Tour Guide for the parent, (1) Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, and (8) CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s:  Session 1: Beginning the Journey – Challenges, Traps, and Choices; Session 2: Running With The Herd – Friendships and Peer Pressure; Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? – Changes in Him, Changes in Her; Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure – Setting Boundaries; Session 5: Crossing The Date Line – Seeing Dating Differently
Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance.  Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules.  The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.  FamilyLife developed Passport2Purity (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare him or her for the turbulent years ahead.  Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity – and strengthen the bond between you.  It is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen.  It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment.  If this isn’t possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.

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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own, however, I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and my readers.

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Living Hope CD by Pizza Ranch Shines With Top Christian Artists

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What a surprisingly fun way to create a compilation of songs from top Christian music artists – through a CD for Pizza Ranch restaurants! I was tickled to get the chance to review this fun arrangement of high quality music with tons of great bands and single artists such as Colton Dixon, Franchesca Batistelli, Michael W. Smith and more! The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.

Hear Matthew West share about his participation with the Living Hope CD project:

Isn’t this such a fantastic testimony of God’s love and faithfulness giving HOPE to our lives? I encourage you to check out the rest of this post and learn more about Pizza Ranch and the opportunity to support this great CD project and pick up a copy of Living Hope for yourself or a friend!

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There’s a sincere message being brought to the nation here through this project too. Pizza Ranch provides a positive environment in their restaurants to promote dedication to quality atmosphere, good customer service and offering delicious food, plus a sincere desire to honor God in all they do. They welcome church small groups, family gatherings, and other group functions to hold get togethers at their restaurants around the country while enjoying high quality food and customer service during your visit.

I was personally able to play this Pizza Ranch CD filled with a variety of entertaining Christian songs for our friends visiting one evening in our home and their response was so neat, “Pizza Ranch must be a great company. I like this music. I wonder how they got so many artists together for such a cool album?!”

My kids were also very pleased with the results of listening to the album. My daughter says some of the songs were perfect to dance to! My teen son enjoyed the top name Christian artists and that some of the songs appeared to be original just for this album. Other songs were very soothing and peaceful with the message of encouragement making this CD a great mix  of music to play for guests at a dinner party, to listen to in the car while on a summer vacation or road trip, and while sitting out by the pool or playing in the yard with the kids.

About Pizza Ranch:

Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
About The Living Hope CD project: 
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
Don’t Forget to grab this great CD at a phenomenal price! The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  “This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.”

FOLLOW Pizza Ranch restaurants on social media or visit the official website:

Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes

YouTube Channel – Features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song! Check them all out here!
Interested in learning more about this amazing Living Hope CD project? Check it out here through the Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project.

 

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the new Living Hope CD from Pizza Ranch!

Location: Open to residents of the USA and Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: ends on August 10th at midnight EST.

 

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the cd in exchange for an honest review. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social channel.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Thumbs Up for Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code DVD

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Need Fun Family Entertainment? Look No Further!

Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code is a great family film that shines above movies considered just appropriate for families. This film tries hard to create a fun and exciting atmosphere aimed for elementary to preteen ages as it is filled with “spy gear and scavenger hunt” types of elements throughout the film. We just loved the humor and comedy segments built into it as well! An absolute joy to watch for my younger kiddos with lots of twists and surprises in the plot, and we as adults found it enjoyable too. Christopher Lloyd of course shines as always in any film he is in and we are particular fond of his character in the Mickey Matson series as the grandfather. (Find out how he manages to make an appearance and positive impact in this new film!) We loved his part in the original movie called, “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure”.

We loved so many parts of the movie with the lead characters rolling down the sand after getting kidnapped to the super cool vehicle and gadgets they get to try out! However, I think our favorite part actually was not something in the film, but rather something they left out and included in the bloopers on the DVD. Be sure to watch the bloopers after you buy the film and keep an ear out for someone talking about a “dolphin”. My kids were rewinding this particular moment over and over – it made them laugh that much!

We will definitely be looking forward to more Mickey Matson films to follow! Thanks Pure Flix!

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About the movie:
Releases on DVD June 2, 2015
91 Minutes // Genre: Adventure // Rating:  NR
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Stay Connected and keep up with the movie!

Twitter:  @MickeyMatson


Official Website:  http://mickeymatson.com

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Enter to win a copy of the new Mickey Matson and the Pirates Cove DVD!  Enter to win this for yourself or a friend or family member today!

Date: Ends 6/27 at midnight EST!

Age: Must be 18 or older to enter.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

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Old Fashioned DVD Makes Great Date Night Movie

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Make it a Movie Night with Old Fashioned!

Hello again my sweet friends and fans! I am so glad you dropped by today. I have a wonderful movie, book and devotional to share about that I think many of you would enjoy. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post too for your chance to win ALL THREE! The new Pure Flix film called “Old Fashioned” has been released on DVD and it actually impressed me! I do not feel the movie trailers do it justice. This film is a great fit for those interested in a good date night movie. It also works if you’re desiring to show something to your teen about courtship and dating or how to respect women while dating. I think married couples will get a real kick out of reminiscing their dating years as they watch this film too. I adore the way they laced elements of Biblical themes, and real life issues into the movie. So many of these incidents have actually come up in our lives and it is tough going through the way friends, family, and coworkers respond to your standards when you make a firm choice in your beliefs. I like seeing the way the actor handles these incidents in the film and the supporting characters in response.

Get the Book and Devotional Too!

There is also a great book released from Old Fashioned as well as an awesome devotional book! Of course reading the book to compare with the movie is always fun! I find it adds new perspective and value as it allows you to go even deeper into the message in the movie. Well written, enjoyable pace, and pleasant descriptions of the atmosphere, romance and other fun and important elements. I think you’ll find it a good read!

I was also especially happy to see how much helpful content they included in this devotional book designed to compliment the film. I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy and go through a devotional book like this with your boyfriend, fiancee or spouse. I find there can be so many great conversations that develop because of it that really help you bond as a couple and allow God to help your hearts mesh and grow closer as you keep Him and His standards first in your life. It will also increase your desire to pray together or for each other which is a something I very strongly recommend for any couple.

The Old Fashioned movie is a fabulous date night film that I believe you will enjoy highly. I particularly giggled at the thought of a few scenes that I could totally relate to and found myself taken back to my college years dating my hubby. I loved the conclusion at the end of the film of course, but I won’t dare spoil it on you… just make sure you get to see it! My dear husband’s comments I just have to share with you though… after the film ended he looked at me with his dimpled grin on his face and said, “So now you must really wish you had married a different guy, right?” The next morning he awoke smiling from ear to ear at me and proceeded to come give me a kiss … only on the cheek (watch the movie to see the significance) and said he had to do something special for his wife right away like make my favorite breakfast.  (Now ladies… don’t expect the royal treatment from every guy after they see this movie, but I just had to share I was lucky enough to have one that “got it” after watching this film. lol.) Run! Don’t walk… and get this film in your hands pronto! You could have a nice romantic evening and changed perspective for both of you on how a relationship as a couple could be real soon! Blessings to each of you who get the chance to do this and encourage positive reflection and nurturing of your relationship. I pray God’s greatest blessings upon the current marriages too who find a way to rekindle that which might be lost and invite God to become the center of all your thoughts towards each other.

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About the movie:
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
115 minutes // Genre: Drama // Rating PG-13
 A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 

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About the novelization:  
Softcover; 303 pages 
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?
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About the devotional:
Softcover; 222 pages 
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.   

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Official Website – http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com


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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win a fabulous gift set including the Old Fashioned Movie, Novel, and Devotional!! Woo-hoo! Enter to win this for yourself or a friend or family member today and reap the blessings of experiencing Old Fashioned in your life soon.

Date: Ends 6/26 at midnight EST!

Age: Must be 18 or older to enter.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

To Enter: You may do any of the following to count as one entry each, but you must leave a comment for each action you complete in order for the entry to count as an additional entry in the giveaway.

1. Comment on this post for Old Fashioned and tell me what you think of the trailer video for this movie? Does it interest you?

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Good luck to each of you in the giveaway!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or other social media sites. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Splashing Good Fun at Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo!

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Kiddie Rides That Excite and Delight

What a delightful day! I am simply amazed at how much Lowry Park Zoo has to offer its visitors, but I’m especially excited to share about the FUNTASTIC Wallaroo Station section of the park! We started off with some wonderful kiddie rides such as the Tiger Coaster, Banana Planes, and then the bumper boats and mini cars. I must say the mini cars ride is the most sophisticated and modern version of this type of ride I’ve ever seen! I wanted to ride it – it was that cool! Ever dream of riding on a manatee or a panda bear? Well now’s your chance! This is a lovely carousel featuring all kinds of favorite animals to ride on instead of the typical merri-go-round horses. My kids wanted to keep getting back on to ride another favorite animal the next time around! Did I mention these fun rides are included free with the price of admission? How awesome is that?!!

Gift Shops with Helpful and Unique Items

Next we peeked at some of the nifty gift shops that offer everything you could need to walk around the zoo or play in the water areas with wide brimmed hats, towels, adorable claw shaped water shoes, suntan lotion, sunglasses and more! There’s even an amazing “wings” of a macaw that slides on your arms so the child can flap their wings and pretend to be a bird. Very well made and the cleverest costume prop/gift item at a zoo I’ve ever encountered! My son and daughter wanted to bring it home!

Feed The Goats

There was a squeal of glee from my 8 year old daughter as she spotted the feeding machine for the petting zoo of goats and llamas. I scrounged in my purse for some quarters and we were on our way to feed the goats. The kids laughed and squirmed as the goats tickled their fingers and palms licking up the food out of their hands. I got some adorable photos and video of them. I highly suggest bringing quarters and a camera to be ready for those memorable moments!

Petting Zoo to Pet and Brush the Goats

The kids then wanted to proceed inside the petting zoo area and go in to brush the goat’s fur with these fun little brushes that fit on their hands. My daughter said she felt like she was working on a farm – she loved it! My son who is four years old didn’t want to leave – he was ready to play with the goats up close and personal all day. It’s great to note the zoo has hand washing stations throughout this section of the park so you can easily clean up after using the petting zoo or other areas of Wallaroo Station.

Tasty Cool Treats

We took a short break and cooled off with the excitement of creating their own icee from the huge icee station next to the Tiger Coaster and Petting Zoo. We mixed several tasty flavors such as grape, orange, cherry, blue raspberry, and Mountain Dew! There were still tons we haven’t tried yet!

Animal Shows and Entertainment

On our walk towards the next stop in Wallaroo Station, we saw the horses feeding and getting a wash down to cool them. It was so neat to see the two horses nuzzle each other by the nose as if they were in love. They have shows during the day with the horses and then a different show for the goats doing an obstacle course type of performance.

Bats, Flying Foxes and Upside Pics

We got to go for a walk along the wooden boardwalk type trail in Wallaroo Station that had various animals or birds to see during the trek. We especially enjoyed going inside the bat house area and seeing the flying foxes… they are so huge and colorful yet as my daughter mentioned… kind of creepy hanging upside down and realizing there are flying animals that big like bats.

We got a kick out of the awesome photo opp station in front of the bat house … your child can stand in front of this bat display with its wing coming out around them like they are being held by the bat. The sign is upside down on purpose over their head so that you take the picture and then rotate it upside down when you display it.. it makes it look like your child was hanging upside down with a giant bat!

Fantastic Food and Affordable Prices

That triggered the kids getting hungry for some lunch, so we headed over to the cafe and sat beside the koala exhibits! The koalas were sleeping of course, but it was still cool to see them while we ate in the shade. The food was super! We enjoyed a variety of menu items such as chicken ceasar salad, hot dog and fries, pizza, hamburger, and even a chicken club sandwich and fresh fruit and cheese n cracker cups. The service from the attendants there was great and the quality of the self serve condiments bar was awesome with everything from pickles to tomatoes and lots in between!

Walk About with Kangaroos

One of my favorite spots was the Walk About where you could see the kangaroos gently resting or feeding on veggies. They were so precious and gentle. You just wished you could go up and hug them or feed them a carrot. My kids were fascinated just walking by each one and seeing it hop along or sit up on its hind legs and listen to the sounds in the air. One even hid from the crown inside a rock formation and peeked it’s head out once in a while like it was playing peek-a-boo. Too cute!

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Splashing Good Fun At Wallaroo Station At Lowry Park Zoo

As the day progressed and the sun got hotter, we started to reapply suntan lotion and thought the kids may need a break from the heat. I am pleased to share that Lowry Park Zoo has been so thoughtful to families and made sure to have ways families with kids can have fun and beat the heat during their visit too. It was so awesome to see all the neat things you can do here in Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo. They have a very COOL water play area right in the middle of it all with fountains, waterfalls, dumping buckets, and spouts that squirt water out of the ground, sides of the wall and even from the mouths of turtles! My kids were just giggling and making friends with the other kids there – all having a splashing good time not minding the heat one bit.

More Tasty Cool Treats

There’s also a snow cone stand right by the entrance to Wallaroo Station that we highly recommend too where you can put your own flavors on! My daughter had so many flavors on hers it almost became a slushie instead of a snow cone. lol. Kids just love when they can do things themselves. Very addicting to keep choosing other flavors to put on the ice of the snow cone.

Isn’t it great to know your visit to Lowry Park Zoo can be filled with exciting exhibits of animals, fun kiddie rides, a petting zoo, delightful shows to watch, delicious food, cool down treats, and even a splash n play area? They’ve thought of everything!

Grab the COUPON

We LOVED our visit to Lowry Park Zoo and can’t wait to go back! There’s so much more than what I was even able to share with you today. I highly recommend using the coupon code below and treating the family to a day at the zoo or even buying an annual pass. That’s what we want to do next! A place this fun will be great family time year-round. Enjoy the Savings with this COUPON! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission!

The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Want to learn more? Read my previous post HERE.

Have you been to a zoo lately? What’s your favorite exhibit or animal, or other attraction? Share with us in the comments and tell us if you’ve been to Lowry Park Zoo’s Wallaroo Station.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received free entrance to the zoo for the purpose of writing this review. However, I only share items that are of value or interest to my family and my readers. Special thanks to US Family Guide and Lowry Park Zoo.

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Michael W. Smith in NEW Sky Spills Over Video!

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Wow! I’m in awe of the incredible things God has been bringing along for me to share with you here at Love2EncourageYou!

You are in for an amazing treat! Michael W. Smith has given a handful of bloggers the opportunity to share with their audiences today about his brand new video from the (totally awesome) Sovereign album called “Sky Spills Over”! I am delighted to be able to do this for you!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of the Sovereign CD!

Here’s a personal quote from Michael W. Smith regarding the video:

“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!”

Check out “Sky Spills Over” below:

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I can’t wait to hear what you think about this new video by Michael W. Smith! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Giveaway Time!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the Michael W. Smith album Sovereign!

Location: Open to USA & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on June 4th!

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou will receive a sample product in exchange for sharing about the new video. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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