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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Total Transformation Review (Part 2)



Okay, I know a lot of people have been very anxious to hear all about my experiences with the Total Transformation program.  Well, I am still very much working through the program.  Initially, my hope was to listen to one CD a week, implement what I learned, and blog about it.  However, it's not that simple.  I have been listening to the CDs, and they are so full of information that I cannot possibly digest everything just listening to the CD once.  Then there are the workbook pages to fill out, then there is LIFE!  LOL

Let me start out by saying that I had heard about this program for years before I got a chance to try it.  I always wondered if it really was as great as it sounded.  I even got online and tried to find reviews of it, but wasn't having much luck.  I found a few positive ones, but they seemed to be affiliates.  I found one negative review, one, and it was by a guy who never even had used or even seen it!  I was just dying to know what it was all about, but it seemed to be the world's best kept secret.  (Which isn't actually true, you can even get a free parenting newsletter.)

I really honestly thought that Total Transformation was just some money making scam.  Then I got the program and watched the DVD.  I might have heard it before, but I didn't remember that the creator of the program, James Lehman, was actually a very troubled youth.  He was a heroin addict and even served prison time.  So, I guess this guy knew something about troubled kids.  (Sadly, I also learned that James Lehman passed away last year.)  He also worked for years as a Childhood Behavioral Therapist.

I liked James Lehman and the program right away.  Yes, he does take more of a tough love approach than I am used to using.  I am not tough.  At all.  I am a wimp.  Or was.  LOL  I'm learning.  Here's just one thing I've learned.  I'm a negotiator.  Here's a real life example:  I had to run a few errands and told my youngest son, Baber, that if he had his whole list done when I got home he could have a reward.  (I actually forgot now what it was.  LOL)  Anyway, I got home and it wasn't done.  Old Me would have renegotiated and told him he could still get the reward if he did it in "x" amount of minutes.  New Me simply told him that he didn't do what I'd asked and wouldn't get the reward. Period.  He tried to renegotiate, but I held my ground.  If I keep it up, he'll soon know that I say what I mean, and mean what I say.  Simple, perhaps obvious, but I was always negotiating and renegotiating.  Yes, things were getting done, but not when they needed to be done, and every one of my kids seems to have a future in law.

Well, I'm getting ahead of myself, so let me back up a bit.  I've watched the DVD, listened to the first three CDs, did the workbook pages that go along with the first three CDs, and listened to the Bonus CD.  The program starts out by explaining the "whys" of your child's behavior.  Then the program goes on to explain how different parents respond to bad behavior.  I pretty much knew where I was having trouble, I knew I was a wimp. Then, and here's the part I like, James Lehman explains exactly how to change wrong parenting patterns which will, in turn, change wrong patterns of behavior in children.  That's the plan, anyway!  So far I have taken so few baby steps, I can't say I've had a total transformation with any of them, but I do think I am on my way.

I will share just one more thing I learned.  I have always tried to get inside my kids' heads when they did something wrong, especially if it was something, well, shall we say, uh, stupid?  Yeah, my kids do some things that are really just kinda dumb, and I am left scratching my head.  So, I ask them why.  Why? Why? Why do they do these things?  Well, James Lehman doesn't recommend asking why.  When you ask a child "why" when he does something that is clearly wrong, and I mean when you know that your child knows it was wrong before he even did it, you are actually implying that there is a reasonable explanation.  Otherwise, why would you ask for one?  He explains it much better than I do, but it made total sense to me.  Of course!  There is no reason "why" they did what they did other than they chose to break the rule.  That is all you need to know.  If you are doing the program you will have a pre-determined consequence for breaking the rule.  If you follow through with that you won't need to ask why, because if you are consistent, the behavior will end!  (Okay, not making a promise here, but stating a general principle.)

I do have to share one more thing I learned.  It was kinda eye-opening.  Since listening to this program, I have had a few incidences with the kids.  I've actually figured out that a couple of my more difficult children (Did I just say that? LOL) naturally have been using these very techniques on me!  Here's one of them: When someone starts to argue, walk away. My son did this very thing the other day.  I was upset about something and started to lecture him.  He turned and walked out of the room and into the basement.  What?! You know, it worked!  The discussion stopped.  I totally felt defeated, and though I don't know for sure, I can only guess that he felt quite in control of the situation.  Now, just to be the one to walk away first.  LOL

My youngest son likes to walk away too, but not until making his demand.  He says it like he means it, walks away, and just expects it to happen.  The other day I was getting ready to give him peas with dinner.  He looked at me and calmly and firmly told me, "I don't want peas."  Then he walked away with authority.  I actually had to talk myself into making him eat the peas because he spoke with such determination and conviction.  Then, when I gave him his dinner he said very calmly, and again, with determination and conviction, "I said I don't want peas."  Again, I had to take a deep breath and talk myself into giving him the peas!  (I tend to avoid confrontations, can you tell?)  In both of these cases, I kinda had to chuckle to myself.  I mean, maybe I don't need James Lehman; I could learn from these kids!

Anyway, like I said earlier, I am not done with the program.  I am really just still taking it all in.  I have realized that the name of the program refers a whole lot more to me, than to my children.  I do have a lot of bad parenting habits that I need to break, or I could say, that need a Total Transformation.  It won't happen overnight.  It's not magic.  I can't guarantee yet that it works, but I am sure liking what I see so far.  The few things I have been able to implement have seemed to work.  I'm pretty much already a believer.

Is the program really anything new?  No, I imagine that most of this info is really just common sense that could be gleaned elsewhere.  Why buy it then?  Well, it's just so well put together.  All the information is organized for you to work through, step by step.  There are the CDs, the workbook exercises, and there's even additional support you can get with the free newsletter and the parenting hotline.  (Once you get the program you can, for an additional fee, get access to a parenting hotline that you can call to get help in any situation.)

Are you interested yet?  Here is a link to the program:

Child Discipline Methods – http://www.thetotaltransformation.com/

Here's where you can get the free parenting newsletter:

http://www.empoweringparents.com/parenting-newsletter.php

I needed to get this review up today because I was asked to have it done by December 1.  However, I will be continuing to use the program and, God willing, will continue to blog about my progress!!!  I hope you'll stay tuned!

"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."


Happy Parenting!!!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Review and Giveaway! FFH's One Silent Night Christmas CD

Contest Closed!



A couple of weeks ago, as part of the propeller blogger program,  I was able to download FFH's latest Album, One Silent Night, free of charge so that I could check it out and let you know my thoughts.  Before we get to those, however, I'd like you to check out the press release.

Press Release for FFH:

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 30, 2011– Best-selling pop group FFH will usher in the holiday season with its first Christmas album. One Silent Night, available Oct. 18, is a mix of original songs and Christmas classics.

Produced by FFH founding member Jeromy Deibler, One Silent Night has been four years in the making. Giving in to the persistent appeals of loyal fans, FFH has crafted a project worthy of your holiday music collection.

Listeners will recognize favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” among others, while being introduced to new tracks including “The Birthday of a King,” “Glorious Impossible,” and “One Silent Night.”

Deibler comments, “We just feel blessed to be able to make this record and wanted to do the kind of Christmas music we like to listen to, something that’s not trendy but more of a classic style. For us Christmas is about remembering… slowing down to see what is important. And being reminded of the glorious impossible that was the birth of Christ. We hope this album reflects that desire and inspires others to do the same.”

FFH plans to support the album with singles “One Silent Night” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to radio Oct. 1 as well as select tour dates in November and December.

About FFH:

Pop vocal group FFH has released thirteen projects, sold more than two million albums, and garnered 24 radio hits, including seven No. 1 singles and ten Top 5 radio singles. In addition to multiple Dove Award nominations, FFH has been recognized at the Inspirational Life Awards as well as the Billboard Music Video Awards. The group has performed more than 1000 dates since 2000 and continues to be a favorite on the tour circuit. FFH is also known for its work with the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Kurt Warner’s “First Things First Foundation,” and for its contributions to national ad campaigns for Coca Cola and IBM.

My thoughts:

You know, I'm sure that since FFH has had so much success I've heard some of their music, but to be honest, I am not familiar with their work.  I really had no idea what to expect from this album.  However, it's Christmas music!  How can it not be good!  LOL  I don't know why, but even though I have some very specific ideas as to what kinds of music I like, I am simply just not all that picky when it comes to Christmas music.  Perhaps the holidays make me more open-minded, perhaps it's just the spirit of the season, but I pretty much like any style of Christmas music.  Period.  As the years go by, I find myself beginning to dread the hectic, materialistic side of Christmas, so I have to crank up the music to get in the mood.  Somehow it works!

So I checked out the album, and sure enough, I started to feel "Christmasy!"  Would I like FFH's other albums?  I'm not sure.  However, I do feel that I can recommend this album for anyone who likes Christmas music.  I mean, it's Christmas music, how can it not be good!  LOL

For more info, please check out the following websites:

Website: http://ffh.net/

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

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

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-silent-night/id474548207


The contest:

Now for the giveaway! Would you like to get a free download of One Silent Night? If so, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Christmas song. ;) You can leave a comment either here or on my facebook page. For additional entries:


Follow me on facebook.  (If you already follow just leave a separate comment to let me know.)

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Subscribe to my blog via Feedburner. (See sidebar.If you already subscribe, just leave a separate comment to let me know.)

The rules: You must be 13 years old or older to enter and not live in my house. :) Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY for up to five entries per person. More than one person may enter per household if they are at least 13 years old. That's about it. :)

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 12, 2011 or sometime soon after.


"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."


Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Movie Review and Giveaway! The Christmas Lodge!

Contest Closed!


I was sent a DVD copy of The Christmas Lodge as part of the propeller blogger review program so that I could watch it and share my thoughts with you.  Check out the synopsis provided by propeller, then keep reading to get my thoughts and find out how win your own copy!

Synopsis:


Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now-dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love. For an uplifting story about the importance of faith, family and the true holiday spirit, go to the Christmas Lodge.

Check out the trailer:  http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1554553881/

My thoughts:

I actually watched this movie a few weeks ago, back in early November.  I admit, it was a bit early for a Christmas movie, but I still found myself enjoying it.  Okay, it's another "feel good" movie, and one with few real surprises, but there's actually something strangely satisfying about knowing everything's going to "turn out all right in the end" and watching it all play out in front of you.  Even Sane Man liked it.  :)

I suppose the thing I liked best about the movie was the closeness between Mary and her family.  You hear about so few families today that can even seem to get along, so to see a functional family in a movie is a breathe of fresh air.  I also appreciated the fact that God was part of the family's life and that they allowed Him to lead them in their endeavors to rebuild the Christmas Lodge.  I did find the whole idea of Mary's grandmother "speaking to her" from heaven a little odd, but not so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the movie.  I'd call it a "chick-flick" but, like I said, even Sane Man liked it, so I guess I can recommend it to everyone!  :)

The Contest!

And now for the giveaway! Would you like to win your own copy of The Christmas Lodge? If so, just leave me a comment telling me who you'd watch it with. ;) You can leave a comment either here or on my facebook page.


For additional entries:


Follow me on facebook.  (If you already follow, still leave an additional comment for an extra entry.)

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Subscribe to my blog via Feedburner. (See sidebar. If you already subscribe, still leave an additional comment for an extra entry.)


The rules:

You must be 13 years old or older to enter and not live in my house. :) Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY for up to five entries per person. More than one person may enter per household if they are at least 13 years old. That's about it. :)

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 12, 2011 or sometime soon after.




"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."


Happy movie watching!!! :)






Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Review and Giveaway! Cooper and Me!

Contest Closed.



A while back I got a cute little book called Cooper and Me from the good folks at propeller.  I read it, put it aside, then forgot about it!  LOL  So, here I am sheepishly posting the "better late than never" review.  ;) 

This is a neat book because the illustrator and co-author is a child!  Check out the press release, and then read my thoughts.  :)

About Cooper and Me:


Cooper and Me was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters. The idea was inspired by Alexa's own experiences on her first day of school. A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me.

Through rhythmic verses, Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches. She is frightened about leaving home and doesn't want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her. In Cooper and Me, the story of a child’s fears about starting school has evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children.

The story behind Cooper and Me also offers an inspiring example of families working together to help others. In addition to helping young children gain emotional resilience and confidence through their books, Alexa and mom Monique wanted to go beyond that to help less fortunate kids. Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

My thoughts:

I found this to be an adorable book.  Admittedly, I am a homeschool mom, so the whole "first day of school" aspect of the book didn't apply to my family.  I mean, we school at home and our dog is right here with us!  LOL  However, we still have had first days at Sunday school, co-op, etc.  So, while I know most of my readers are also homeschoolers, I can still recommend this book.  I mean, what a cool thing that it's written by a little girl!  Even if you don't send your child to kindergarten, you can still enjoy the book and talk to your child about living out your dreams.  Maybe your child wants to write or illustrate books.  Maybe they have other dreams.  Maybe they have no dreams, and this will inspire them to do something more exciting than reach the next level of the latest video game.  LOL

Wanna find out more?  Check out the link below.

Website: http://http://www.cooperandme.com/

And now for the giveaway!  Would you like to win your own copy of Cooper and Me?  If so, just leave me a comment telling me who you'd read it to.  ;)  You can leave a comment either here or on my facebook page.  For additional entries: 

Follow me on facebook.

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The rules: You must be 13 years old or older to enter and not live in my house. :) Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY for up to five entries per person. More than one person may enter per household if they are at least 13 years old. That's about it. :)

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2011. The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 5, 2011 or sometime soon after.

"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."



Happy Reading!!! :)

Last Day for FREE MILK and to win a $25 Kroger Card!!!


Contest Closed.


Purchase any four participating General Mills products like Cheerios, Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies, Nature Valley Bars and Fiber One Bars* that your family knows and loves, and Kroger will reward you for your purchases. It´s that simple! Head on over to your local Kroger to take advantage of this great offer.  You will either receive free milk (up to $3; limit of 2) or to receive $3 off your shopping order.**

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**Promotion varies based on store location; check your local Kroger store for details. (Cash Offer: Mid South, Delta, Mid Atlantic, SW Louisiana stores, Central Missouri stores and Dillons Missouri stores)
 
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Wanna win a $25 Kroger card?  Today is the final day to enter!  Leave a comment either here or on my facebook page to enter.  You can also earn additional entries by doing the following:
 
Follow me on facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me with Google Friend Connect. (See sidebar.)

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The rules: You must be 13 years old or older to enter and not live in my house. :) Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDTIONAL ENTRY for up to five entries per person. More than one person may enter per household if they are at least 13 years old.  That's about it. :)

The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 26, 2011.  The winner will be chosen on November 27, 2011 or sometime soon after. 

"Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark."

Happy Krogering!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Good Golly Miss Molly! A Hand Soap Review! :)







Hey everyone!  Guess what?  I am once again trying out for a new gig.  As you might know, I reviewed for the TOS (The Old Schoolhouse) Crew for three years and loved it, but this year I decided it was time to take a little break.  Things are getting crazy (okay, crazier) around here with six kids still being homeschooled, as well as all of them growing up and getting involved in millions of activities.  Okay, so it's nowhere near millions, but some days it feels like it.  I feel like I pretty much have the homeschooling down to a science; it's the housework and cooking that suffers.

Enter Molly Green.  Who is Molly Green, you might ask?  She's the ultimate frugal, creative housewife!  She's the head of Molly Green/Econobusters, a sister company TOS, but she focuses more on the home ec side of things rather than the homeschool side of things.   So, I thought this just might be the perfect fit.  If I end up on the review team, I'll be reviewing things like cleaning supplies, household items, and maybe even some food.  Yum!  (Oh, and I might also add that Molly is a cartoon!  LOL)


So "Molly" asked if I'd post a sample review.  I decided to share about a homemaking product that we all absolutely love.  It's Family Dollar aloe vera moisturizing hand soap!  (The bottle actually says that you can compare it to Softsoap (R) aloe vera handsoap.)  I hadn't used liquid soap for years assuming my kids would go crazy with it and waste it.  A few months ago, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.  So, I picked up a 7.5 oz bottle one day for a dollar.  (Be still my frugal heart!) I was thrilled to find it because it's one of very few handsoaps I've found that is not antibacterial.  I'm allergic to anti-bacterial soap, and it makes my hands break out. So I was a happy girl.  (And the kids have actually been good with it!)

I love this soap because it's definitely not cheap and runny, has a pleasant scent, and makes my hands nice and soft.  I wash my hands a lot, and I love that it doesn't make them dry.  When we recently ran out, I bought another brand that was just awful.  It was very thin and runny and just didn't do the job.  Well, maybe it did, but it sure didn't feel like it.  Okay, so I'm not a scientist, but there is something about having nice, thick, soapy bubbles that makes you feel clean.  :)   I can vouch for the fact that the Family Dollar aloe vera soap does clean amazingly well.  Sane Man has been working on our vehicles a lot, and the soap cleans all the grease and oil off his hands like a charm.  Normally he has to use a special mechanic's soap when he works on cars, but so far this has been all that he has needed.  He was really amazed at how well this soap works! 

We've also found that this soap is great at getting stains out of clothing.  I don't know if that means it's harsh, but it doesn't seem to be.  Since our laundry chute is in the bathroom, every time one of us gets something on our clothing (you know, like once or twice a day, lol) I just clean it really well with the soap and throw it down the chute.  So far I've had great success.  I've even tried it on a few set in stains.  I can't say it works every time, but I've had at least as much success with it as I've had with any other stain remover. 

We love Family Dollar's aloe vera handsoap so much that we are now buying the 64 oz. refill bottles.  I pick up all they have of it in stock when we get down to one bottle, and my husband told me to see if I can order a case!  So, yeah, we like it.  :)

I'd also like to add that Family Dollar actually sells other handsoaps including clear, antibacterial, milk and honey, and shea butter.  I cannot vouch for any of the other soaps, not having tried them, but I am thinking of trying the shea butter as I have used other shea butter products and love how they feel.  If I find something else to love, I'll let ya know!

Recap:

The product:  Family Dollar aloe vera handsoap

Where to get it:  Family Dollar  :)

The pros:  This soap in inexpensive, but feels like an expensive soap, leaves your hands soft and clean, has a nice scent, and even gets stains out of your clothing!  Also, for those who don't want an antibacterial soap, this is a great choice!

The cons:  I find nothing not to like about this soap; however, it is not antibacterial if that is something you prefer.  (They do carry an antibacterial soap, but I have not tried it.)

The bottom line:  The pump bottle is only $1.00 and the refill is only $3.65.  What a bargain!  :)

Rating*:  Home Run!

Check it out yourself at a Family Dollar near you.  To find the nearest location, click here.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I bought and paid for this product myself, have no connection to Family Dollar other than the fact that I shop there, and have received no compensation for this review.  I just liked it so much, I thought I'd let you know."

*Rating Scale

Home Run!  This product is totally awesome, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Triple!  This product is great, and I think almost anyone would like it.

Double! This product is good, and it would probably work for some people, but not everyone.

Single!  This is an okay product that some people might like, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.

Strike Out!  This is not a good product, and I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. 


Happy lathering!  :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Review and Contest! What is He Thinking?? by: Rebecca St. James

Contest Closed



I recently finished reading What is He Thinking?? by Rebecca St. James, a book she wrote about dating, love, and marriage that I recieved free as part of the propeller blogger program.  Check out the press release, then read my thoughts.

About What Is He Thinking??


In What is He Thinking??, Rebecca interviews a range of men from high-profile types to the guys next door, men that every woman can relate to. Although the interviews focus on single guys ages 20-35, Rebecca also includes words of wisdom from older mentors she respects who have been successfully married for years, people like her dad, life coach, and pastor.

The men share their thoughts on topics like how women can respect themselves and the men in their lives, modesty, purity, taking it slow, friendship, letting guys lead, and more. This book gives them the floor to say what they would really like women to know.

The men respond candidly to questions such as:

•What is the most attractive quality to you in a woman?

•Is modesty truly attractive?

•Is neediness a turn-off?

•What do you find beautiful?

•How can we be dependent on God for our identity, not on you?

•How can we help you with boundaries physically?

Rebecca also discusses her own dating life, speaking openly about the single life, her struggle with loneliness, and her hope for the future. She challenges women to see the men in their lives as brothers in Christ and to trust God with their dating lives.

About Rebecca

Australian born Rebecca St. James is a Grammy Award winner and a multiple Dove Award recipient, with international success that has driven her record sales into the millions. In January 2008, she was named Favorite Female Artist in Contemporary Christian Music by readers of CCM Magazine for the seventh consecutive year. Rebecca also won Best Female Artist of 2007 from Christianitytoday.com-her fifth consecutive year to be given this honor. She's been involved in several film productions and voiced the character of Hope the Angel in VeggieTales' bestselling DVD production The Easter Carol. You can read more about Rebecca on her official Web site: www.rsjames.com or on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RSJames.

My thoughts:

I had sort of mixed feelings about this book, mostly because it wasn't quite what I was expecting.  I thought it was going to be a "the results of an anonymous survery" kind of book.  Instead, the book is from the perspectives of only Godly Christian men.  While this is good, I think sometimes girls need to know what other guys think, because so often I see them dating non-Chrisitians not realizing how differently they think about just about everything.  Also, and I hate to say it, a lot of the Christian guys often don't have the purest intentions when dating either.  This is just reality folks.  So, while she interviewed some really great guys, I think they were not really an accurate representation of guys everywhere.  That being said, there were some great guys, and reading this would really help a girl know what to look for.

There is much to love about this book.  For one, she doesn't even discuss teen dating.  This book is not about hanging out and having a "bf "so you can post mushy stuff on facebook for all the world to see.  This book is about finding a mate for life.  This is, in my humble opinion, what the purpose of dating should be.  I think the youngest guy she quotes in the book is 18, and hasn't even dated yet.  The rest of the guys are all older. 

I also liked that she did discuss things like boundaries.  Compared to most folk, she is very conservative.  She gives a lot of great advice.  I am a bit more conservative, however, and a few things I thought were not something I would advise.  For example, in one part of the book she talked about a rule that stated that you should never sit on a bed with a guy.  Okay, I'm all for that, but I would advise to stay out of the bedroom completely, and even out of the house if no one else is home. 

So, do I recommend the book?  For just about everyone, yes.  For those who are following a more strict "courtship model," no.  My suggestion is that if you are a parent, you can click on the OpenBook link below to read the first 10% of the book.  If you feel comfortable with that, buy it, finish reading it, then if you feel it represents your family's dating philosophy, by all means buy it and share it with your daughter.  Or, better yet, you could win the book!  Check out how right after these links:

Facebook (Author): http://www.blogger.com/Facebook%20(Author):%20http://www.facebook.com/RSJames

Facebook (Book): http://www.facebook.com/whatishethinkingRSJ

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rebeccastjames

Website: http://rsjames.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/rsjchannel

Link to HBG website book detail page: http://goo.gl/RTy0O

OpenBook Link: http://goo.gl/BWgEs (preview the first 10% of the book)

Would you like to win this book?  It's easy!  Simply comment on why you would like to win it.  Having trouble with comments here on the blog?  Leave a comment on the Crazy Mom Facebook Page instead.  (I'd love it if you'd do both, but I am only counting one as an entry.)  For up to four additional entries, you can do the following:

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The rules:  You must be 13 to enter and not live in my house.  :)  Please leave your e-mail address or some other way I can contact you if you win.  MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ADDTIONAL ENTRY.  That's about it.  :)

The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, November 27, 2011.  I'll draw the winner Monday, November 28, 2011 or sometime soon after. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

New Review and Contest: Revolution Worship


As part of the propeller review program I was able to download and listen to the new Revolution Worship Live!  My World Revolution CD.  Before I give you my thoughts, check out this press release:

About Revolution Worship LIVE:

“Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International”, is a tremendous Praise & Worship album with a powerfully inspiring collection of songs that is unparalleled to any other Praise & Worship series in it’s category. Filled with meaningful lyrics and sincere, personal worship, “Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International” masterfully demonstrates authenticity at it’s best. From fiery, electrifying tracks with edgy, rock-driven guitar to peaceful, intimate tracks, this album focuses on pointing attention to God.

And because it’s recorded live, you get to experience the congregational feel of being in a vibrant church service.

Infusing musical quality with a spiritual impact that raises the bar on what to expect in new Praise & Worship music, “Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International” brings you a brand new worship experience.

From start to finish, this release is about the act of ministering uncompromisingly God-centered music through pure, heart-felt praise!

My thoughts:

This is a very professionally done CD, especially considering the fact that it's done live.  I do have to admit, however, that this isn't the particular style of music I normally listen to.  However, while it's not what I'd listen to for entertainment, I'll take some TobyMac or Newsboys, please, I can see myself worshipping to some of these songs in a corporate setting.  For someone who does enjoy this style of music on a regular basis, this is really well done, as I said, and would probably quickly become a favorite album.  Actually, Sane Man has some CDs that seem to have similar styles to this and he loves them.  To each his own!  I know I haven't given the music much of a description, but you can check that out for yourself by clicking on these links:
 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyWorldRevolution

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

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/revolution-worship-live/id467741849

Video: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2371896618238

Now for the contest!

Would you like to win your own Revolution Worship CD?  To enter to win, simply leave a comment either here or on the Crazy Mom facebook page.  Just tell me why you want to win this CD.  You can gain more entries by doing the following:

Follow me on facebook.
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YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EVERY WAY YOU WISH TO ENTER!!!  Also, make sure you leave me an e-mail address or some other way for me to contact you if you win.  :)

I will run this contest until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, November 20, 2011.  I'll draw the winner on Monday, November 21, 2011.  Anyone can enter as long as he or she is at least 13 years old and doesn't live in my house.  :) 

The fine print:

"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."


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