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Friday, September 23, 2011

New Review and Giveaway! Theo, a DVD for Children of All Ages

Contest Closed.



Hello everyone!  I've been meaning to blog about this great new animated series for kids called Theo, but our computers have been giving us grief.  Right now my sons' computer has decided to behave, so here it is!  I am only going to give you my brief opinion of these DVDs, then let you read what I received with the press release so I can get this out there as quickly as possible.  (Oh!  And then let you enter the contest!)

So, I guess I'm not really good at suspense, because I already called the Theo DVDs great in my first sentence.  LOL  But they really are very well done.  I like the fact that they actually touch on some really deep theology, while keeping it at a kid's level.  For example, in the story about faith the kids are taught about the faith of Abraham.  Hagar's name did not come up.  LOL  The animation is unique, I think, because when Theo (and he's the older man in the picture above) first comes on the screen, he is animated in one style of animation.  Then, when he is telling the story, the animation changes to a different style.  After the story, the animation goes back to the original style.  Not sure why, but for some reason I really liked that.  I got to see two episodes and the "story telling style" was actually different in both.  It just really seems to highlight the theological part of it. 

To really bring the lesson down to a kid's level, there are two little mice in the story, Luther and Belfry.  These two mice seem to get into mischief pretty easily.  Amazingly, they seem to learn the same lesson that the kids do when they carry out their little escapades.  So even if the story goes over your child's head, the mice might just bring the point home.  My only disappointment is that these stories were a bit short.  I think they were like 9 and 13 minutes.  I would have loved to seen them in a half-hour format.  However, for young children, that might just be a bit long.  Not that my brain has all that much of an attention span anyway!  LOL 

Are you interested in learning more? If so, you can check out the websites below:

Web: http://www.theopresents.com/



FREE app (available now for iPhone and iPad): http://www.theopresents.com/

Church Curriculum available now (from LifeWay Christian Stores): http://www.lifeway.com/Product/theo-church-edition-foundations-of-faith-P005397446

Here's something else exciting to pass along!!!  The Buy 1 - Give 1 campaign!

For every Theo DVD purchased, Whitestone Media and Child Evangelism Fellowship® will send a child in need their very own copy of Theo.

You can log onto TheoPresents.com after making your own purchase, and select the region of the world you'd like another copy of Theo to be sent.


About Theo:



The animation series of Theo guides children and adults through a careful study of systematic theology. Theo discusses doctrines about sin, God's character, the Bible, salvation and godly living with easy-to-understand illustrations that make children want to learn more about the Christian faith.
Theo Presents recognizes a universal fact: children and adults alike love cartoons. Theo captures the attention of young minds with liberal amounts of humor and high quality animation to present the Gospel of the Christian faith through the teachings of Theo and with the use of his two object lessons, Belfry and Luther.
Theo Presents is designed to serve as a multi-media resource tool that will help men, women and children fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, to go into all the world and make disciples and to teach those disciples God's Word. The multi-media outlets include a DVD series, curriculum, books and iPhone/iPad app. Each of these facets are designed to work with one another or individually.
Theo was created to reach kids of all ages. The lessons and teachings of Theo can be used for Sunday school lessons, Christian school curriculum, missions, evangelism and homeschooling.

About the creator - MICHAEL JOENS:
Mike Joens has produced and directed scores of animated commercials for toy companies such as Milton Bradley, Hasbro, Kenner, McDonald's and Playskool. In addition to commercial work, he produced and directed the animation segments for the award-winning video series McGee and Me, as well as the animated Adventures in Odyssey for Focus on the Family. After a waiting period of over 30 years, God opened the doors to Joens for the production of  Theo Presents.  At last, the dream of a cartoonist, called to teach the Word has come true. It is Mike's hope that God will use Theo to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults in every country of the world!

I do hope you are excited about this new DVD series!  Would you like to win a copy?  Here's how:

Had you heard of Theo before reading this post? Answer that question in a comment for one entry. This is a mandatory entry, and no other entry will be valid if you don't answer this question.

Want more entries? It's easy. Just do any/all of the following:

Like me on facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me with Google Friend Connect

Subscribe to my blog by e-mail.

Please leave a comment for everything you do, for up to five entries per person. There is no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years old or older to enter, U.S. residents only. Sorry, my immediate family cannot enter. You can share my DVD. :)

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 Sunday, October 9, 2011. I will draw the winner on Monday, October 10. Once a winner is contacted, he or she will have 48 hours to respond or I will chose another winner. For this reason, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

I think that is all except for the "fine print" below. :)

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services
mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I
only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Review and Giveaway! Furious CD from Jeremy Riddle

Contest Closed.



Jeremy Riddle
"Furious"
(9/20/2011 release date)

Hey everybody!  Guess what?  I've got a great new review and contest for you!  (And there's still time to enter to win the Ginny Owens CD if it's not after September 26, 2011 when you read this.)  Anyway, I was blessed to receive the brand spankin' new Jeremy Riddle CD, Furious, from the good folks at Propeller.  Now, I love worship music, and the name was very familiar to me, but I honestly couldn't tell you a single Jeremy Riddle song.  I popped in the CD not really knowing what to expect. Well, I loved it!  I used to be a big U2 fan, back in the day, and I could be crazy, as I'm really not a professional music critic, (oh, you'd already figured that out?), but to me he totally has that U2 sound.  That's the way I hear it, anyway.  :)  It's all worship, very well done, and in my humble opinion, worth a listen!

Want to check it our for yourself?  Click on the links below:


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vineyard-Music/18257532074


Website: http://www.vineyardmusic.com/vm/

And here's the press release: 

Vineyard Worship artist and worship leader Jeremy Riddle has announced the release of his new studio album entitled, Furious. The album is set for release on September 20 via NewDay Distribution.

Riddle began production on the album nearly a year ago with Dove Award winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, David Crowder Band) at the helm. Cash’s contribution forms the backbone of the album which also features production from Bobby Hartry, a long time Riddle collaborator. The project follows Prepare The Way: Live, an album recorded in front of a live audience in Corpus Christi, Tex., earlier this year from Vineyard.

Riddle describes Furious saying, “It’s hard to come up with words that depict the magnitude of Christ’s love – the depth and width of it. Furious doesn’t work outside of the context of love; we tend to translate the word as angry, but I see it as a super-powerful force; stronger, deeper, broader than our vocabulary can fully describe."

Four years on the road as a touring worship leader eventually took its toll on Jeremy, so in January 2011, the former jr. high youth pastor came on staff as worship community pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif. Working under pastors Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy facilitates a worship community of over 200 people within the church.

“My wife (Katie) and I have always had a heart to serve the local church and never wanted to do the full-time travel thing for very long, so it felt like a good time to transition into something different,” Jeremy says. “I’ve developed such an appreciation for the fruit that has been sowed from my life – personally and artistically – by being part of a local community.”

Consequently, several of the tracks on Furious are also featured on Be Lifted High, the most recent album from Bethel Church.

“These songs are a reflection of being part of something bigger than just me,” Jeremy says. “Through some significant growth in understanding and living out humility from a very independent place, I’ve shifted into a place where I can’t even claim this record is completely inspired by me. There are so many elements of the album that could never have flowed from me had I not been connected to people walking out life with me.”

Now for the contest!

Had you heard of Jeremy Riddle before reading this post?  Answer that question in a comment for one entry.  This is a mandatory entry, and no other entry will be valid if you don't answer this question. 

Want more entries?  It's easy.  Just do any/all of the following:

Like me on facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me with Google Friend Connect

Subscribe to my blog by e-mail.

Please leave a comment for everything you do, for up to five entries per person. There is no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years old or older to enter, U.S. residents only. Sorry, my immediate family cannot enter. You can share my CD. :)

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 Sunday, October 2, 2011. I will draw the winner on Monday, October 3. Once a winner is contacted, he or she will have 48 hours to respond or I will chose another winner. For this reason, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
I think that is all except for the "fine print" below. :)

“Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”














Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Review and Giveaway! Ginny Owens: Get In I'm Driving

Contest Closed.





Recently I was given the oportunity to check out the new Ginny Owens CD, Get in I'm Driving. I've heard Ginny Owens on the radio before and knew I liked her music, so I was in. Now, I am quite picky when it comes to female singers. I normally don't care for them. However, Ginny has the kind of voice I like, and I was thrilled to actually own a CD of her music. I wasn't disappointed. The CD releases today, so you can get your own copy, OR, if you enter my giveaway below, you just might win a free copy!

But first, a little more about Ginny.

Ginny was playing around on the piano before she could complete a sentence. And while she was left completely blind by the age of three from a degenerative eye condition, it seemed as though as her vision decreased, the songs inside increased. Eventually she decided to pursue music as a career. Music has served to provide a window into a world Ginny can't see and serves as an outlet for her to express her thoughts and dreams.

In 2005 Ginny Owens launched The Fingerprint Initiative, a hands-on, non-profit organization designed to “bring hope to the world, one project and one touch at a time.” The organization has partnered with and raised money for groups such as Compassion International, International Justice Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

To learn more about Ginny Owens, her music, and her mission, please check out the links below:

Ginny's website: http://ginnyowensmusic.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GinnyOwensMusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GinnyOwens

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/before-you-fly-single/id442050145

And now for the giveaway! To enter simply let me know in the comments if you are already a Ginny Owens fan, or is she is new to you. For additional entries you may do the following:

Like me on facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me with Google Friend Connect

Subscribe to my blog by e-mail.

Please leave a comment for everything you do, for up to five entries per person. There is no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years old or older to enter, U.S. residents only. Sorry, my immediate family cannot enter. You can share my CD. :)

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 Sunday, September 25, 2011. I will draw the winner on Monday, September 26. Once a winner is contacted, he or she will have 48 hours to respond or I will chose another winner. For this reason, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

I think that is all except for the "fine print" below. :)

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Heads Up for Reviews and Giveaways!

I have four new reviews and giveaways coming up real soon, so stay tuned!  There's a little bit of everything.  One is an animated DVD for kids called Theo, another is a math game for kids from Carlito C. Caterpiller's Math House Games, one is a brand new music CD from Ginny Owens, and another is a CD from Jeremy Riddle.  All of these reviews are of products promoted by Propeller.  I am new to them, but it looks likes it's going to be a great partnership.  I'll be able to share about a lot of great new family/Christian products, so, like I said, stay tuned!  :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Review! Game Time: Tackling the Past



I just found out about something I didn't even know was going on.  Apparently, in an effort to bring back wholesome TV to prime-time, Walmart and Proctor and Gamble are sponsoring  what they call Family Movie Nights.  Tonight on NBC at 8:00 (7:00 Central)  they will be showing Game Time:  Tacking the Past.  I have to admit, I was actually amazed that this movie is going to be on TV.  It's all about honor and integrity.  They even show a family (gasp!) praying around the table!  What a breath of fresh air. 

Now, you might ask, how I have seen this movie already.  Well, I'm special of course!  LOL  But seriously, I am now going to be doing reviews for propeller, and in this instance I had access to a special pre-broadcast online viewing.

Since this movie is showing tonight, I want to get the word out quickly, so I'm going to make this brief.  As you might suspect, this movie is about football.  Well, not really, it's about making right decisions, with football as the backdrop.  Now, I'm not a football fan, but I do seem to like football movies.  This movie was no exception.  It's bascially about a guy who has gone pro, but suddenly finds himself back home and with family.  Through a sudden turn of events, he ends up having to make the choice between staying home and continuing a pro career.  To find our more about Game Time:  Tackling the Past, just check out the links below.  :)

Website: http://www.familymovienight.com/game-time-tackling-the-past/#trailer
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/familymovienight
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/fmnib
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/fmnib

Happy movie watching!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Review and Contest: Check out The Grace Card!

No, I'm not giving it away.  I'm posting this to get two more entries into a contest to win The Grace Card.  Only problem is, I'm just asking for more competition!  LOL  Anyway, to see the review and enter the contest, simply head on over here to Chatter, Clatter, and Things That Matter.  I have heard SO much about this movie and am really hoping to win it.  If not, its on my list to buy for sure.  :) 
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