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Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie in Theaters March 23

Paul, Apostle of Christ is a new full length feature film for viewers to get excited about! This Christian film shows great promise in the trailers and looks to be a must see movie during Spring Break! Gather a group of friends and enjoy seeing this film before Easter!

In Theaters Nationwide Week Before Easter Friday, March 23, 2018.

In PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST , Luke risks his life to visit Paul, who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

Paul’s letters and writings were vital to the spreading of Christianity, and became a large part of the New Testament. Our story focuses on how, despite persecution and peril, they shared Jesus’ message of love, redemption and forgiveness with a small community of believers who in turn, took it to the whole world.

Great pains were taken to maintain biblical accuracy. Using scripture as the only reference, director Andrew Hyatt recreated the story of Paul on film, including the close relationship with Luke, whom at the end of Paul’s life, at his own peril, traveled in and out of the prison carrying Paul’s writings to the community of believers

Parental Advisory: The MPAA has rated the film PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images.

Running time is 1:47 min

I’m really looking forward to seeing how they portray the life of Paul in this film. I’ll be taking my twenty year old son and seeing what his opinion and perspective is on the film afterwards as well. He is an Honors student and Creative Writing major at a Christian University here in FL and screen writing is a class he is taking in the fall. He is hoping for inspiration for potentially writing scripts for Christian film companies in the future. He was equally looking forward to seeing this film, Paul, Apostle of Christ and how they will choose to unveil this amazing story of one of the Bible’s hero type characters.

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Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies debuts for 2 Day Event!

Super exciting news to share! I’ve been waiting patiently for another new faith-based animated feature film to come out to theaters to take the kids to, and we got our wish! The inspirational animated feature ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES debuts in U.S. movie theaters for a two-day event on
Saturday, March 24th at 12:55 p.m. and Monday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m. (all local times)

Take a quick peek at this short video trailer of the new film coming out soon at select theaters for this two day only event! Available to watch on March 24 and March 26 only! Don’t miss it! Take the family!

About the movie:

Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif must set aside their differences and use the power of magical Blue Daisies and an ancient Song to save their world from an evil Ice Dragon. When the blue flowers that once bloomed all around her village begin to disappear, Melody and her eccentric grandfather recognize this as a sign of great danger… but no one believes them! Racing against time, Melody must convince Leif and the other villagers before it’s too late. Great songs and engaging characters highlight this inspiring, animated adventure for the whole family.

This film is based on a short story by Canadian director and producer Bruce Stacey, his faith-based adventure features the voice talents of Rheal Rees (Melody), Justin Debé (Leif) and Bill Bray (Nicholai).

“The original story sat in my drawer for more than 20 years until I was encouraged by friends at Cartoon Conrad Productions (Kulipari-Net?ix Original Series) to dust it off and adapt it for the screen,” Director and Producer Bruce Stacey said. “I am thrilled this family adventure is making it to the big screen for audiences nationwide to enjoy.”

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My daughter in particular is so thrilled to go see this with me as it is supposed to be a musical style adventure, but has dragons and knights and maidens to attract both guys and girls alike to this delightful adventure on the big screen.
Doesn’t this film sound adorable and exciting? I’m fascinated to go see a faith-based cartoon with dragons! haha! I really hope you’ll get to see it! Please comment on this post if you’ll be going to the debut in theaters too! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you see the movie as well!

**Hey Friends! Please note that this is not a typical wide-release film. It will only be available to be seen for a very special two-night event in cinemas nationwide. Tickets and more information are available at FathomEvents.com.

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Kutless – Alpha/Omega CD Inspires Renewed Hope

Fantastic News! We’ve got a really exciting new review for you to enjoy! Prepare yourself to pick this awesome new CD for the Christian music fans in your life as a great gift idea! Introducing the latest CD from Kutless – Alpha/Omega! You are going to really be in for a treat! Take a peek at their video on YouTube and listen to the worshipful lyrics and upbeat sounds! This entire album will have you reawakened to your desire and need to be closer to God than ever before! Just gotta love it! Giving this album a huge thumbs up from me!

Watch the new release called, “King of My Heart” by Kutless

Song List on Alpha / Omega Album by Kutless:

  1. Your Great Name
  2. Strong Tower
  3. King of My Heart
  4. Cornerstone
  5. You Are Love
  6. Great Are You Lord
  7. Your Love Awakens Me
  8. Shepherd Of My Soul
  9. Gave It All
  10. No Wonder

Some of the beauty in this album is the feeling of renewed hope as you listen to songs like King of My Heart. It will bring tears to your eyes as you realize just how powerful God’s great love is upon our lives and you’ll find yourself memorizing the lyrics to this song and many other favorites!

About Kutless:
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do” and “Carry Me To The Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.
“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”

In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events – the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.

With their recent album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

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Ready for gift giving? Buy the CD here!

Don’t miss this chance to have some inspiring Christian music fill your home this holiday season as we remember the reason for the season! Purchase one for yourself or as a gift!

Blessings to each of you as you continue with family traditions this holiday. May I make a suggestion? Why not try creating musical memories with your family while listening to (and maybe even singing along to!) some top quality Christian music like Kutless Alpha/Omega this month. Enjoy! Feel free to comment and share with me how you like the new album from Kutless.

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

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This is part of the Holiday Tweet Fest! Follow along on Twitter at #htfest or follow @Choosingtolive so you don’t miss any of the fun giveaways, freebies, deals and games!

JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

Ready to buy this great new CD for gift giving this holiday season or for your own listening pleasure? Grab it HERE

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Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner: Nicholas W.!!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album The Answer by Jeremy Camp!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
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Date:Oct 2 to Oct 11 at midnight EST! (Part of our Holiday Tweet Fest!)
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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 on the same blog, 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.

All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
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 GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
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Go See All Saints in Theaters August 25

Calling all Christian movie lovers! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get an early glimpse at the newest Christian film to hit theaters soon – All Saints! You will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to see the film in theaters!!

ALL SAINTS is a refreshing heart-felt faith-based film that all audiences can enjoy. It’s very essence is the heart of God caring for us – His children. He knows our needs, and He listens to our prayers. God provides for our needs and answers those prayers according to His perfect Will. Sometimes God calls us to do things in this world on His behalf that will not only affect our futures and lives, but also the lives of many others. It’s incredible to hear stories like this one in All Saints and learn again and again how amazing our God truly is.

Here’s a general overview of the film All Saints:
-Product category: film
-Title: ALL SAINTS
-Genre: drama
-Rating: PG
-Run time: 1:48:00
-Recommended ages: 10 and up
-Campaign focus: theatrical release
-Release date: 8/25/17
-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)
-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

I’m very eager to see this full motion picture in theaters! There’s so much going on in this movie All Saints that many people can relate to. Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and He answers in His timing! When you are looking for answers, get closer to God and listen for what He is trying to tell you. Don’t be so surprised when He actually answers those prayers!

Want to learn more sneak peaks about this exciting film? Check out these cool Behind the Scenes clips!

Other YouTube clips about the movie All Saints you may enjoy:
All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA
The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog
The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY

Keep up with all the fun! Share your thoughts about the film on social media and keep learning more from others by using hashtags  #AllSaintsFlyBy

Ready to see the movie? Visit the official film site at http://www.allsaintsmovie.com where you can  buy tickets to see the film, access video or photos, downloads, news, theaters the movie is playing in and much more.

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Dates: August 14 – August 19th at midnight EST

To Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what other Christian films you have been inspired by in the past. You may leave a comment ONCE per day. Maximum of 6 entrees.

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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 on the same blog, 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 two tickets to see the movie All Saints in exchange for sharing about this new film. I was only given the opportunity to view the free behind the scenes clips and trailers before the official release of the movie All Saints in theaters. I only support and encourage my readers to learn about items I feel are of value or interest to their families. 

Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered – Music CD Review & Giveaway!

It has always been a pleasure to do music reviews for you here at Love2EncourageYou. There are so many great and talented artists in the Christian music industry who create lyrics that just overflow with inspiration and encouragement from the blessings and trials they’ve experienced in life.

Today I have a heart-felt CD from Nichole Nordeman for you to enjoy! It’s titled: Every Mile Mattered

Some of you may have already heard the hit, “SLOW DOWN” on the Christian radio. She includes a new recording of that song on this album.

I’ve found that having the combination of reading God’s Word, prayer, and the sound of God inspired music can be a great combo over a relaxing cup of tea watching the sunrise for your morning devotions. Nichole Nordeman’s cd is both inspiring and calming in many ways. A great CD to listen to when reflecting after devotions and preparing for your day in the morning, or if you’re wanting to unwind after a hard day at work.

Here’s a glimpse at one of my favorite songs on the album: Listen To Your Life

I hope you will find it just as soothing and inspiring as I did! There are so few things in life that I take the time to enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for kids, cleaning house, work, and reaching out to others, but music has always been a source of peace and calming for me. Trust me when I share that this album is one of those go to albums to accomplish just that. Her gifts have been fine tuned after all these years of multiple albums and I really think Nichole Nordeman has offered us something special with this one!

For those of you who enjoy humor, my hubby was listening to the album with me during my review and when I got to that song, “Listen to Your Life”, he asked me this question: “So is that last song we just heard called, Listen To Your Wife?” I told him YES!!! lol.

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Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com

Purchase the CD here: 

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She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August!! If you’re interested, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com

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Enter to win your own copy of the Nichole Nordeman album: Every Mile Mattered!

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Dates: August 2nd -August 14th at Noon EST.

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Please see future giveaways listed on the blog including the next big giveaway for two Tickets to the movie All Saints!

“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 on the same blog, 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.

DC’s Newest Movie Hit: Wonder Woman

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Quality Family Time

Everyone knows one of the easiest and often enjoyable pleasures of summer break is getting to take the kids to the movies. Since we were blessed with a movie gift card, I decided to have a mom and son day out with my oldest who just graduated. There are a lot of great movies out right now, so it was kind of tough to choose which to go see first. I left the ultimate choice up to him as to which movie we went to see knowing I was going to review it anyway no matter which one he picked. He was, after all, the victorious graduate of 2017 and his opportunity to do the honors of choosing what we saw was well deserved.

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photo courtesy: DC Comics

Can DC Comics Pull Off An “Appropriate” Movie?

We really wanted to see whether DC Comics could pull off a decent Wonder Woman film without spoiling the movie with too much language, unnecessary brutal violence, or distasteful scenes and attire. We bought our tickets and proceeded to sit through the endless amount of PG13 scary previews that would have been very inappropriate for most children. Thankfully, once the movie started – our fears were put to rest and a very well scripted and action-packed film filled the screen.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the film was not only “mostly” appropriate” with its scenes and attire (or lack thereof), but it was a smash hit as everyone was suggesting as well! Lots of comedy built into the script, intense action, drama, romance and even some impressive cinematography.

One Scene Of Caution

I do not wish to give any spoilers, but for the sake of the parents out there wondering if you should take younger ones, I would use caution and recommend either waiting for the blu-ray to fast forward through one scene ,or just be prepared to cover their eyes when “Steve” is on the island in the beginning of the film and in the natural rock bath. There is some occasional language, but I do not recall a whole lot and that is always something I’m happy about.

Two Thumbs Up

Overall, this film does stray slightly from the DC Comic of Wonder Woman, but you’ll have to find out exactly how for yourself by going to see the film.

After enjoying the surprise actor who appears in the film as one of the characters and being pleased with the consistency of the script, I have to conclude that Wonder Woman is a super film to enjoy this summer and give it two thumbs up! Recommend sticking to the PG13 rating for kids though.

What’s your opinion of this film? Let us know what you think in the comments? No spoilers please!

Fantastic Tools To Help Your Child Develop At Home

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Education is one of the most vital parts of a child’s upbringing. School learning is undeniably a crucial factor. However, it’s equally important that you provide your son or daughter with the best opportunities in other areas too. Frankly, your home life is the perfect place to start.

Of course, you may need to help your child with their academic studies at various stages throughout their school tutoring. However, there’s more to life than purely academic development. You can promote the development of equally key skills from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the best ways to do just that.   

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Arts & Crafts

Children shouldn’t only learn the fundamentals of reading and writing. As a parent, you should always look to embrace their creative sides at every given opportunity. Arts and crafts are a cheap form of entertainment while they also encourage creative flair.

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Moreover, those crafts also underline the sentiments that hard work pays off. Whether it’s these paper bowl jellyfish or another craft isn’t overly important. As long as the project is age appropriate, it will be a rewarding method. Best of all, it gives you a chance to participate and track their personal growth.

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Music

Music plays a crucial role in all of our lives, and that spark of development starts at a very young age. Encouraging your kid to play music rather than just listen can bring a host of benefits. Guitars, keyboards, and other instruments may seem like expensive gifts. But the years of entertainment they’ll provide ensures that they offer value back for the money you’ve invested.

Another great thing about encouraging music at home is that you can use both autonomous learning and guided learning. In turn, that should provide your child with a comprehensive experience. Given that musical talent has been linked to academic progress too, the incentives to encourage this could not be greater.   

Interactive Video Games

Most kids respond far better when they are actively participating in their learning activities. Meanwhile, computer games are a firm favorite for children of all ages. So why not combine the two with educational titles that develop academic skills as well as computer literacy?

These popular ABCYA games for 5th graders are particularly good examples that bring a wealth of benefits. However, there are many more titles aimed at kids of all ages. If the kids are having fun and interacting while learning, you will see great results.

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Garden Activities

Learning shouldn’t simply be about remembering and reciting facts. Problem solving, logical thinking, and self-discovery are all important factors too. Likewise, it’s imperative that your child is encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle as well. Utilizing the garden with treasure hunts and other games is one of the best ways to do this. Who knows what exciting and unusual discoveries they will encounter?

Jungle gyms, trampolines, and sporting activities will also enhance their development. Those rewards can range from communication skills to improved coordination. When combined with the tasks above and strong academic learning, their opportunities to develop will be greater than ever.

Love2EncourageYou is pleased to share a variety of helpful and interesting articles from collaborating with numerous authors. It is our pleasure to bring you some of the very best info on the web to help your family grow, learn, and stay healthy together. 

Mandisa: Out of the Dark – Review and Giveaway!

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There’s just something incredible about God’s people being inspired to share what He has laid upon their heart and done in their lives to give Him the glory. Mandisa has already become a wonderful inspiration to many with her previous hit songs that our Lord had here share with the world.  Now she shares her heart and tells us the story of how God has rescued her from some of the darkest parts of despair in her life. Encouraging us to look to Him for guidance and trusting Him to be there for us always. Watch a short video of Mandisa sharing this story behind her new album here.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here.

No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, or where you see yourself going in life, we all have a need for encouragement. Everyone can use a lift and a bright spot to help them through their day. This new album from Mandisa titled “Out of the Dark” can be that tool to help pull your down attitude into one of encouragement and gratitude!  Get your hands on a copy today and find ways to bless it to others as well. They will thank you!

I particularly felt blessed by this collection of “musical weapons against the enemy’s schemes” as you feel how much Mandisa pours out her heart to God in the lyrics. Her desire is to show us how much God truly loves us and rescues his children. We are NEVER alone during our trials or tough circumstances – God is there through the midst of it, gently guiding us through.

I always love songs that include other artists as guest singers or cameos so it was a joy to see so many great artists popping in for some of these great songs on Mandisa’s album such as Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp and Britt Nicole!

Mandisa has a fantastic song on this album called “Unfinished” that I really think you’ll enjoy listening to. Check out the Acoustic Video for it here.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Now I give a huge thanks to Mandisa, Capital Records, and Flyby Promotions for allowing me to share a great opportunity with all of you! Here’s YOUR chance to win this brand new just released Mandisa album in a giveaway!

To Enter: Simply share in a blog post comment below telling me what Mandisa songs you enjoy the most, OR share how much you’d really like to win and why.  Each comment counts as one entry. You may enter once per day until the end of the giveaway.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to the USA lower 48 states (Continental US) only. Void where prohibited.

This giveaway starts on Thursday, May 25 and ends on Tuesday, May 30 at midnight, EST. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize.

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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.”