Killing Lions: A Guide Through The Trials Young Men Face



What a fantastic combination having both John Eldredge and his son, Sam Eldredge, authoring this book together called “Killing Lions: A Guide Through The Trials Young Men Face”.

John Eldredge is a New York Times Best-Selling author and really out-does himself with his latest book reviewed here today. He gives the readers a special call to action – “The Challenge Before You Is A Bold One: To Accept The Wild, Daring Adventure Of Becoming A Man.”

I was tickled by this book for many reasons. Not only does it bring a great deal of clarity to the challenges a young man faces as he enters adulthood and grows into the man God wants him to be, but it also touched upon so many other golden nuggets of wisdom in an entertaining and delightful way. I would recommend anyone whether young man or young woman, adult or teen – read this and take it’s lessons to heart. They apply to more than just young men, but for those of you with teen sons, or grandsons or nephews that you care about … this is a must read or a must buy as a gift that will help carry them towards a rewarding future of hope and confidence in who they are as a man.

One of my favorite parts was in chapter six when the author shares about loving “choose your own adventure” books when he was younger. I adore those! I like the way he relates to these and things like rpg (role playing) video games and how they offer hints at what the reward or consequences of our choices can be.

I think overall, the design of this book is very clever. It offers thoughts from the twenty something son and then it gives you the response from the dad sharing wisdom and insight into his viewpoints on what the son is going through in his life at that time. It’s a good, easy to read, and enjoyable book filled with helpful advice for sons and fathers to discuss together if able to.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Five stars!


Killing Lions was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam Eldredge, a young writer in his twenties, and his dad, best-selling author John Eldredge, where they discuss what it means to enter into manhood. Join the conversation as a father and son talk about pursuing beauty, dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams, knowing something real with God, and how to find a life you can call your own.

Killing Lions is more than fatherly advice. It is an invitation into a journey: either to be the son who receives fathering or the father who learns what must be spoken. Most important, these conversations speak to a searching generation: “You are not alone. Its not all up to you. You are going to find your way.”

Product Details
Page Count: 208
Released: 09/2014

Retail value: $19.99

Additional Information

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2014

Giveaway Time


Prize: One winner to receive a copy of Killing Lions by John Eldredge & Sam Eldredge!

Location: US & Canada

Age: 18 years or older. Void where prohibited.

Date: ends at midnight on December 29.

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


Kirk Cameron and family shine in Mercy Rule on DVD! #Review #Giveaway



It’s that time! Are you ready to plop down on the couch with your feet up? Got a bowl of popcorn on your lap, kids snuggled next to you on each side, and a big glass of your favorite beverage ready to wash down that popcorn while you watch another great movie for Family Movie Night? Bring it on! I’m ready! In fact, that’s just what I’m doing after I share this fun post with you about a wonderful family friendly movie created by Kirk Cameron and his family called: Mercy Rule!  Family friendly movies are truly hard to find and I’m excited to say this one passes the test for any age. Your elementary, preteen and teens will probably understand it the most, but my youngest even sat and watched this with me happily so I think it is safe to say it appeals to all ages.

“Our family is always on the lookout for an exciting new movie to watch together on ‘movie night.’ We look for something fun and inspiring, something that builds our faith in God and our strength as a family. But instead of waiting for a great new movie, we made one! Mercy Rule is one the most exciting movies we have ever been a part of and we are so excited to share it with you.” – Kirk and Chelsea Cameron

Want to learn what Mercy Rule is all about?
Mercy Rule is a baseball adventure for the whole family, starring Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea. Parents and kids alike will be inspired by the story of the Miller family as they learn life’s lessons of mercy, patience, sacrifice, legacy and trusting God. Co-starring Bas Rutten and comedian Tim Hawkins and written by bestselling author N.D. Wilson, Mercy Rule will teach your family what it means to be a “No Quit Family.” The DVD also includes a family study guide for further discussion of the important messages in Mercy Rule.

I have always enjoyed Kirk Cameron shows, movies and various topics that hit the news. You could say I’m quite a fan just because of his unbelievable depth of effort to preach the Gospel and share God’s truths to every walk of life. He has spoken at Liberty University where I attended college, I got to be on a phone interview with him for his Saving Christmas movie, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all his mini lessons offered in video series he makes for how to be a real evangelist living right where God has you.

You may remember Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains, The Left Behind Series, or Fireproof, but this new family film is a change of pace and one that we welcome more of in the future too!

My daughter and I loved watching this fun, family friendly film together and my youngest (age 3) sat on my lap and watched it with us! We particularly enjoyed the scene where Kirk was able to bring the grand finale all together near the end (you’ll know what we mean when you see it!) as well as a couple fun moments at the ball field, Kirk and his wife out on a dinner date, the family eating ice cream together after a rough day, and seeing the son’s determination to improve his “game”. 

Check out the free discussion guide available to coordinate with the Mercy Rule movie. Some important lessons include topics like: building a family legacy, choosing sides and standing up for what you believe in, taking responsibility, how to avoid or fight envy, and learning dependence upon the people God put in our life for a reason.

Mercy Rule with Kirk Cameron is a really a great movie that will bless you as the viewer and make you thankful for what God has in your life – a family, a home, and friends and relatives that stand by you through thick or thin. Mercy Rule is available to purchase at Family Christian stores and online at It’s currently on sale for just $10! Regularly $14.99.

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Prize: One winner will receive a new copy of Mercy Rules on DVD!

Location: Open to US & Canada

Age: 18 or older

Date: ends at midnight on Dec 28.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.


Sure to please Holiday Gift ideas at Best Buy! #HintingSeason



Happy Holidays my friends! The rush of the season is upon us! Time to get your SERIOUS shopping on!


With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

Xbox One is the place for games.

What is Xbox One?

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

Are you a gamer? You don’t have to tell this gamer wife twice that purchasing an Xbox One would make a super surprise gift for any husband, son, nephew or grandchild. I know how much I enjoy playing the games with my family and the guys seem to like it even more! We LOVE playing various multiplayer and online games as a family and with friends afar, and one of our favorites – Minecraft, is now owned by Microsoft. I believe it will become one of the rising Xbox One hits! With so many different games to choose from for the Xbox One, it’s sure to please even those hard to buy for teens on your list.

Purchase the XBOX One at Best Buy!




JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

I am constantly facing the choices of which ear buds to buy for pollyanna gifts for nieces and nephews, birthday gifts for friends of my teen or even for my teen son or elementary aged daughter. Do you go through the same problem? Well look no further. These JBL ones are top notch and totally worth a look! Kids love these JBL Reflect Earbud headphones and would make an awesome gift and bring a smile to the kids or adults on your shopping list this year.

Get more details and purchase a JBL at Best Buy today!


GO 50 S - lifestyle

Garmin and TomTom

Featuring bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.

·         Garmin 52LM

o   5.0” display

o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1

o   Lane assist with junction view

o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time

o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest

o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

It’s hard to find quality service these days, and when I have questions about technology products like the Garmin or TomTom, I come to Best Buy to find out the latest details and to see the quality of these great gift items. Their employees have been knowledgeable and helpful upon multiple visits for varying gift-giving purchases from Best Buy. This  particular product is very helpful for someone like me who would rather be in the passenger seat than fighting with a book or roll map! I’m not a good navigator, but with the Garmin and TomTom products at Best Buy, I know I will get to my destination safely following the directions from these smart tech devices.


·         Garmin 2597LMT

o   5.0” display

o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1

o   Lane assist with junction view

o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time

o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest

o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Fusion TIFF File

·        TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map

Fusion TIFF File

  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

Learn more about the Garmin and TomTom and make a purchase at Best Buy!


I’m loving all these incredible gifts available for the man in my life. What about you? Which is your favorite: the JBL, the Xbox One, the Garmin or the TomTom? Isn’t it time to treat your husband or loved one to something extra special this year and give one of these great technology gifts from Best Buy? (They make great gifts for the ladies too… just sayin’!)

@BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA and @Garmin.

Is the GO 50 S on your list? Tell us about it.  #TomTomGo

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


Best Buy is the perfect destination for the latest cameras and camcorders


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Best Buy is the perfect destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your most important memories. These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share incredible photos with ease. Upgrade your camera in time to capture treasured holiday memories.

Every few years I get to a point where I’ve worn out my camera from having WAY too much fun taking a ton of pics of the kids, flowers, sunsets, and family get-togethers or holiday parties.  Can you relate? Cheap cameras just don’t do the trick for me when it comes to capturing those high quality photos I’m looking for at weddings, Christmas parties, or baby’s first time seeing Santa, etc. I’m sure you feel the same way and want a good, quality camera that will stand the test of time and live up to your expectations.

We all desire to take great pictures and count on our cameras to take our most precious memories and share them quickly and easily. Well, now you can! Check out these three AMAZING cameras listed here today available at Best Buy, and see how they can even enable us to share our photos with our family and friends instantly on our favorite social sites too!

Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

·         A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly

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·         This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity

·         Also available in red or gray

- See more product details on the Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens


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Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

·         A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus

·         This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.

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·         Also available in White or silver

·       See more product details on the Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

·         A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps

·         This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

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·         See more product details on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2


Ready to run out right now and get your hands on one of these totally cool cameras before your holiday festivities begin? You can go to your local Best Buy, or visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself.

Never miss a moment. #CamerasatBestBuy

Which camera is on your wish list?

@BestBuy #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free



Doorbuster Deals at Family Christian You Don’t Want To Miss! #Sale


*FAMILY CHRISTIAN has a different sale going on EVERY DAY! Even though this two day sale is currently over, doesn’t mean you can’t catch some AMAZING SPECIALS right now! Visit to see what new coupon or sale items they have for you TODAY!!
2-Days Only

Woo-hoo! Look at all these INCREDIBLE deals available RIGHT NOW at your local Family Christian and online at their store! I’m a big fan of supporting non-profit organizations and charities and that is one of the best reasons to shop for all your holiday gift-giving needs at Family Christian this year! Did you know that 100% of the profits from Family Christian go towards supporting Christian charities?  Join me today and tomorrow in both shopping and spreading the word about this AWESOME Doorbuster Sale at Family Christian Stores and help bring some encouragement and Christian support to these Christian charities.

Ready to check out these AMAZING DEALS?

$5 & 50% off Christmas Doorbusters

Check out some of the exciting items for just $5!!

You can also snag some fantastic items on their 50% off sale:

I JUST LOVE BOTH THESE MOVIES! Veggie Tales Beauty and the Beet is one of our all time favorites from Veggie Tales! Mom’s Night Out is a must see! So funny! Sure to please even the toughest people to buy for on your shopping list this season.

Want to know one of my favorite picks for this sale until Dec 14?

50% Off with Coupon for Bibles!

Check out this one for Pre-Teen to Teen Guys! “Guys Life Application Study Bible” with Glow In the Dark Cover!


How cool is this? It really glows in the dark! Would help teens not to lose track of their Bible, and we all know they secretly like to look “cool”. I’m sure my son or nephew would totally love this one! Who do you have on your shopping list that would be thrilled with a unique Bible with great Life Application studies included in it?


The Guys Life Application Study Bible, based on the bestselling Life Application Bible, is packed full of notes and features that help answer the questions that preteen guys may have about God and life. Developed and written by experienced youth and children’s writers, ministers and experts to engage today’s tween and younger teen-aged guys, it uses the easy-to-read New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible text.The notes inside will help guys learn to think biblically about real issues they face, such as self-esteem, friendship and peer pressure, while the study aides help them to understand the meaning behind each story in the Bible.Features:

  • Freeze Frame: A first person narration by Bible characters about their own experiences and lessons learned
  • What Now?: Unique, authentic scenarios about boys that are written in the third person, in a conversational format. Designed to leave readers to make their own decision about a real-life situation, while being pointed to Scripture for answers
  • I’m Not the Only One!: Gives a lighter perspective on embarrassing situations
  • Amazing Facts: Interesting tidbits from the Bible designed to hook readers on Scripture
  • Is It Okay?: Questions and answers about was is and isn’t appropriate behavior, according to the lessons of the Bible.
  • Presentation page
  • Topical index

Product Details:
Ages: 11 – 14
Page Count: 1544

And if all these SUPER SALES weren’t enough … Family Christian also is offering a BIG COUPON CODE just for YOU!

Hurry! Use this coupon before it expires!

30% off entire purchase


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received renumeration in exchange for this post. However, I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and readers.

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Powerful, Romantic, and Full of Compassion – Susie’s Hope DVD #Review #Giveaway



What a delight to have the opportunity to be involved with institutions that are filled with compassion for one of God’s fantastic creations – animals. Here’s a powerful film designed to be a box office hit style movie with great acting, terrific storyline and a super furry friend cast of stars that will melt your heart.

This is what I would categorize as a heart-tugging drama as the information presented plays a roller coaster on your emotions throughout the entire film. There’s action and suspense, joy and sadness, compassion, devotion, friendship, and some sweet gestures of romance between the husband and wife. Ladies …  you will need tissues for this movie. Just saying. I believe the producers did a fabulous job achieving the type of impact they were probably looking for by the time you’ve come to the end of the film.

I watched this with my 7 year old daughter and I did find that the beginning of the film caught me off guard. I had my daughter leave the room for a few of the tense/graphic moments as the movie is setting up the story. Be advised that although there are a few very brief moments of intense or violent scenes, I felt this film overall is appropriate for families to watch together with children ages 12 and older. My 7 year old still enjoyed the movie very much minus a few scenes that I fast forwarded through and it allowed us to have some great discussions on the topics laced within the film regarding animal cruelty, animal adoption, reaching out to help your community, and being a good friend.


We personally like supporting local animal shelters in the Central FL area. We often attend and support the local events where the shelters come to gather interest and raise money or awareness towards proper care and adoption of animals in these facilities.

Pick up a copy of Susie’s Hope DVD for yourself or a loved one today and support an awareness of proper treatment of animals.


We give Susie’s Hope a big thumbs up for being a powerful, romantic and compassion-filled movie that stirs the hearts of it’s viewers. It has the opportunity to lead people towards better decisions and viewpoints regarding animal cruelty and animal adoption. We are all for bringing these topics to light in a positive and productive way.

Enjoy this movie trailer of Susie’s Hope:

Would you love a chance to see Susie’s Hope too? Be sure to enter the giveaway! We encourage you to share your thoughts with us about these topics or the Susie’s Hope movie in the comments below. Thanks for visiting! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!


Prize: One winner to receive a new copy of the DVD Susie’s Hope!

Location: Open to USA & Canada

Age: Must be 18 years or older

Date: ends on midnight Dec 21.


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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


You’ve Got to Try This! Dazzle Dry Nail Polish Kit #Review


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Have you ever been around people who always look like a million dollars? You know the type – they have expensive clothes, perfect hair and make-up and their nails look like they just walked out from a manicure. Well let me begin by saying, I am not one of those people. I enjoy dressing up  – especially for important functions, but I have never been one to splurge on myself much for the costs of hair, clothes, make-up or nails. In fact, I have never in my life had a real manicure. That’s right, it’s true! But, today I am here to tell you that my recent experience with Dazzle Dry nail care kit has changed my perspective on all that. We all wish we could look our best and given a sure-fire method to have great hair or perfect nails would be worth a try, wouldn’t it?

I am thrilled to tell you that after just one application using this product, I was hooked! I’m convinced these Dazzle Dry sets would make an amazing gift for mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, neighbors, friends or anyone else on your wish list ( Gentlemen ..take a hint – get one of these for your spouse or girlfriend, quick!)

35mm 12-2014 1520This pic was taken after applying the conditioning first and then the base coat.

The process is simple, yet has four main parts: condition, base coat, polish, top coat. If you follow all their instructions provided in the kit, you will receive the same amazing results I did when finished applying the Dazzle Dry product! I am sure you would each love to have rock hard nails that shine and draw attention to anyone who sees them.

35mm 12-2014 1525Here is a pic taken after all four steps were completed.

The first thing my teenage son said when he came home from school is, “Wow, mom! Look at your red nails – they are gorgeous! You look like an executive or something.” My daughter had a similar reaction only much more dramatized. My youngest hasn’t been able to stop staring at them and playing with them. He likes rubbing his fingers across the super smooth nails. Hubby thinks they look awesome too. Even my friend’s teenage daughter loved my nails and noticed them immediately. Teens are usually brutally honest, so that’s saying a lot!

I highly recommend purchasing Dazzle Dry and giving it a full trial run – using it up to 3 times and seeing the incredible results each and every time. You should not be disappointed with this product. I simply couldn’t imagine anyone not being satisfied. Dazzle Dry is that good. Pick up some cool colors from their winter collection today!

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Dazzle Dry makes a super stocking stuffer! Don’t forget all the ladies on your list who would love to try this.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a sample product and renumeration in exchange for an honest review. However, I only share items I feel are of interest or value to my family and my readers.



Reach Them Where They Are. Watch “Finding Hope Now” DVD #Review #Giveaway



Reverend Roger Minassian was moved by God in 1993 calling him to do something to help the situation among communities dealing with the difficult gang violence that tore apart their towns, families and the very lives of many people around them. As a result of feeling this calling from the Lord and realizing the great need – Hope Now for Youth was born. Hope Now for Youth has helped bring over 2000 gang members and at youth risk off the streets in Fresno, California, and in effect gave them a chance at a new and better life. These brave and dedicated individuals serving through Hope Now for Youth have taught troubled young men to become husbands to their wives, fathers to their children, and dependable employees who make positive contributions to their families, friends, and communities. Their efforts should be both appreciated and applauded across the nation.

Finding Hope Now DVD is inspired by a true story. Since it’s start, Hope Now for Youth has taken over 2000 gang members and at youth risk off the streets in Fresno, California, giving them a chance at a new and improved life. These greatly troubled young men that Hope Now for Youth worked with have been taught to become husbands to their wives, fathers to their children, and dependable employees who make positive contributions to their families, friends, and communities. It’s an incredibly inspiring story and one that was captured in the heart of this film called Finding Hope Now.



In Finding Hope Now, 16-year-old Santos Delgado leaves his home and survives on the streets. Reverend Roger Minassian knows very little about street youth, but feels God’s calling to help. He must step out of his comfort zone and takes to streets ravaged by gang violence. Roger and Santos’ lives intertwine as Roger learns to become a father to the fatherless and Santos struggles to find a new life.

DVD Features:

  • Hope Now Circa 1994
  • Hope Now Circa 2009
  • The Real Counselors of Hope Now
  • Awesome Premiere Night
  • Official Trailer

Product Details:
Dove Faith-Friendly for ages 12 & up.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 106 Minutes
Released: 08/2014


*I love this picture from the movie's website of the cast and crew praying before the day's movie shoot. It helps to remember these actors, writers, producers, and cast and crew are fellow Christians hoping to make a difference with the making of this film.

Inspirational stories like this, can be hard to find – especially ones you know will have a positive impact if watching with your older children. I’m often looking for films like these to use as a tool to introduce my own son and his peers to the very difficulties in the world that they might not be directly affected by yet, but need to be aware of and sensitive to. The overall feel to this film offers one of hope, compassion, and a sense of urgency to reach out to others who need to know the hope that we’ve found! I do caution parents to keep in mind the nature of this film and it’s purpose. It is for ages 12 or older and can be an amazing tool to reach the hearts of America’s youth.

This movie was inspired by the true story of Hope Now for Youth. By sharing this movie with your family, youth group, friends or neighbors, it allows this movie to continue to serve the organization’s original purpose.  You can learn more from the Finding Hope Now website:

Our purpose in producing this award-winning film was to raise funds for Hope Now by donating a full 50% of the net film proceeds to this organization, and at the same time to spread the news throughout the world that gang kids can be redeemed. This program can be easily replicated in other cities.

Don’t you just love to know there are movies being made with these kinds of goals and outreach? Grab a copy of Finding Hope Now today and enjoy seeing the impact this type of film can have. It is available to purchase at Family Christian stores everywhere and online.

I invite you to view the trailer to this movie. Please remember this DVD is designed for ages 12 yrs or older. The action is intense and yet the outcome is powerful.

Please show your support of Family Christian Stores and thank them for all the wonderful products they make available in their store and the great giveaways they so generously offer.

Here’s the latest GIVEAWAY from Family Christian!


Prize: One winner to receive a copy of the Finding Hope Now DVD!

Location: Open to residents of the USA & Canada

Age: Must be age 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: ends on Dec 16 at midnight EST.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the DVD in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.


Beautifully Illustrated and Perfect for Girls – For Such A Time As This by Angie Smith


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Wouldn’t all mothers love to have a mother and daughter day and a chance to make an impression on their hearts that will last a lifetime? Imagine you’re out taking a stroll hand in hand with your little girl on a beautiful sunny day. As you enjoy chatting, singing, laughing and playing with your precious daughter, you find a park bench to sit on. You reach into your bag and say to her, “Look Honey, Mommy has a surprise for you!” She giggles with excitement as you hand her this gorgeous hard cover book showing three lovely ladies of the Bible on the front cover. What’s the name of this sweet gift book? It’s called Such A Time As This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls. Written by author Angie Smith and illustrations by Breezy Brookshire.


You smile and let out a short laugh as your daughter screams with delight and hugs you tightly. “I love it, Mommy!”, she cries and proceeds to open the book’s pages. You lean towards her and put an arm around her shoulder to pull her closer. You offer to read the first charming pages in the story to her while you sit happily on the bench together feeling the warmth of the sun on your faces.

You read about “The Garden: The Story of Eve” and continue to share with your daughter how the women of the Bible can be a great example to us as we learn from the lessons they learned and try to apply the verses at the end of each story to our own lives. The end of each story about a woman in the Bible (40 stories included in this book) includes a section called “He”, “Me” or “She”. These brief highlights give insight and advice on how to help your child understand the nature of God and the lesson being offered in that story. The “She” portion is laid out like a prayer where you as the parent can insert your child’s name as you read it helping them really drive the truths home and apply them to their heart and mind.

I was very impressed with the incredible amount of time and energy as well as lots of research they had to have put into the making of this book. There is a really cool section at the end of the book from the illustrator expressing the process of choosing the illustrations and how they came about from start to finish.

I hope you will enjoy picking up a copy of For Such A Time As This for your precious daughter, grandchild, niece, cousin, or for the daughter of a neighbor or friend. You will not be disappointed. This book is simply amazing and an absolute delight to have as part of our collection of stories to read together as mom and daughter.


From bestselling author Angie Smith comes her second children’s book, For Such a Time as This, a Bible storybook for girls that features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in both the Old and New Testament. Illustrated once more by Breezy Brookshire, For Such A Time As This is the pair’s second children’s book together following the success of Audrey Bunny.Captivating stories come to life when each woman from the Bible tells her story. From Eve to Sarah and Hagar to Mary Magdalene and more, these stories capture how God has moved from the beginning of time. With keen attention to detail and historical accuracy, these stories are specifically geared toward girls ages six to ten. At the end of each story, there is a summary with reflections and a highlighted attribute of God.

Product Details:
Page Count: 256

Giveaway Time

for such a time as this

Prize: One winner to receive a $25 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian Stores!

Location: Open to residents of the USA or Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Dates: ends at midnight on Dec 18.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.


The Story Devotional by Max Lucado Offers Light and Hope For Every Day



$5 SALE! The Story Devotional!

Yes, that’s correct – this amazing hardcover book brought to you by the great Christian author Max Lucado is now on sale for a limited time at Family Christian Stores for just $5.00!

Can you believe this amazing value? I’m so thankful for Family Christian Stores! What a fantastic way to encourage someone with a thoughtful gift that won’t hurt the wallet! I also love that with every purchase made, 100% of their profits go towards Christian charities!


I am picking up several of “The Story Devotional” for gift giving this year. Of course they make a fantastic stocking stuffer for your spouse or your mom or dad, but this is not something that you only need to save as a Christmas gift. I use this sort of Christian themed gift to give as a smile, or spot of hope in the lives of those who have recently lost a loved one, are going through a divorce, lost a job, lost a home, recently gone bankrupt, or any other terrible trials.

Life is full of ups and downs, but the kindness and love of a friend during tough times can reap a harvest of a lifetime of friendship. Wouldn’t you love to be there for someone this year no matter what season it is? The Story Devotional book is filled with encouragement and hope. It would also make a great birthday or congratulations gift. I highly recommend stocking up on this tremendous deal and have the resources to encourage many in 2015.


The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People reveals the unfolding, grand narrative of the Scriptures through 31 accessible chapters. Using the clear, accessible text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible text, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems and teachings to come together in a single, compelling read.Like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance and redemption – and this story’s true!From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee:
“This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace – the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity.”Features:

  • The story of the Bible – in its own words.
  • Selections from the NIV Bible with short transitions to connect the reader to the continuing story.
  • Events, characters and teachings of the Bible arranged chronologically
  • Timelines of Biblical events
  • New International Version (NIV) Bible text

Product Details:
Ages: 18 & up.
Page Count: 512


Are you attending a family get together, Sunday School party or Homeschool fellowship for Christmas or New Years? Take along this book wrapped and ready for gift giving and put all the adults or older teens names in a hat (18 yrs and older) and have fun choosing a winner at the end of the night as a fun door prize gift!


More Ways To Be A Blessing:

Don’t forget to bless those in nursing homes or hospitals during the holiday this year. We like to visit nursing homes or assisted living centers when we can as it brings such a smile to the faces of those visiting – especially when I bring along the kids. We also like to visit new moms or those having surgery or possibly in others in the hospital due to Cancer or other difficult illness and come bearing a flower, home-made craft or store-bought give that is thoughtful in nature like The Story Devotional book. This type of gift offers others hope throughout the year!

When’s the last time you brought a surprise home to your spouse or decided to bless your pastor or Sunday School teacher? There are lots of great reasons to pick up a copy of The Story Devotional by Max Lucado at this INCREDIBLE price of just $5 at Family Christian stores! Have fun being a blessing!

Feel free to leave a comment and share your creative ideas on ways to use this great book to be a blessing to someone this holiday season or anytime throughout the year.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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