Monday, September 1, 2014

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“Blind Trust” by Sandra Orchard (book review)

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My Thoughts-
“Blind Trust” (Book 2 in the Port Aster Secrets series) by Sandra Orchard
**warning- may contain spoilers**
I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read the next one. The story starts out with Katie Adams in line at the grocery story, reading the headline of the newspaper. She’s upset because the killer of her friend (from the last book) and the one who tried killing her is looking like she will get off scot-free for what she has done. While Katie pays for her groceries she is pulled into the security office. She finds out the money she paid with was counterfeit and that they are calling the police. She tries explaining that she was shopping for a neighbor and the neighbor gave her the money. She was relieved but embarrassed that the police officer that came to address the report was Tom Parker, the man who was constantly saving her from trouble and the man she is falling for. The story moves from there with someone following her, her dad’s past is haunting her and something is not right with her elderly neighbor. Katie can’t let the past be the past and she cares too much for her neighbor to let things go. This puts her in more dangerous situations, ones that Tom has to protect her from.

This second book did not disappoint. It was so intense at times, I had to put the book down for a bit and then get back at it. But it was an awesome story. I found myself hoping for Katie to be safe, and also hoping she’d finally give in to her feelings for Detective Tom Parker. I wish there was movie of a Christian storyline but Katie does say prayers and read her Bible. She also meets Tom at church every Sunday, so we’re seeing what God is doing in her life slowly. I think I was most disappointed when the book ended, and it left me hanging. I really can’t wait for book three now. They even included a snippet of the next book at the end of this one.

This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery, intense criminal cases, cute romance and true friendship kind of books. Book three can’t come soon enough for me.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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“When The Game Stands Tall” movie review

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free movie ticket to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the movie which may differ from yours. Movie information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
ever since I saw the first preview for the movie, “When The Game Stands Tall”, I couldn’t wait to see it. It looked like a great, wholesome, family movie. After watching the movie, I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you guys.

The movie is based after a true story of the De La Salle Spartans. They were on a 151, 12 year winning streak (they shattered all records for any American sport), they felt like nothing could stop them. Then one day they lost, they felt like their world was over, they failed. Coach Bob Ladouceur, played by Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest and Passion of the Christ), often said “We’re not asking you to be perfect on every play. What we’re asking you is to give a perfect effort on every play from snap to whistle.” It wasn’t about winning, it was about playing your hardest and if you do that, that is all that matters. In the movie the assistant coach said, “Don’t let a game define who you are. Let way you live your lives do that.” There are also other very tragic events that happen and these boys learn to trust in their Faith and turn to each other for support.

The movie was so much fun to watch. I was sitting in a room full (3 bus loads) of football players on the day I attended, I had fun listening to them talk about plays, and what was real in football and what was a bit out there when it came to the game. I could tell the guys watching were loving it too.

The school this movie was about was a private Christian school, so there was a lot of Bible teaching and prayer in the movie. I thought this was very awesome, to see how God played a huge role in the kids’ lives and how even the coach had to remember the words he’s preach and apply it to his own life before he would loose it.

There are a lot of laughter, cheering and fun times in this movie. But there is also a lot of hard times, death, sickness, abuse… in there too. I wouldn’t recommend little kids go see it but I would totally recommend pre-teen to teens to see this movie. It teaches great life lessons and good sportsmanship.

This is one movie I will be adding to my collection when it comes out on Blu-ray.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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“Family” wall art from Fulcrum Gallery- review

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My Thoughts-
We live in a split level house. Our kitchen over-looks our family room and there is a wall above the stairs that has been a blank white wall. We’ve been wanting to do something with that space for a long time but never have any inspiration. When I was asked to review a piece of art from Fulcrum Gallery, inspiration came. We found this really cute word collage art, with the word “Family” on it. Each letter in family is made up of wards that represents family.

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When we were shopping for the artwork we discovered that each print can come just as a print, in a frame or on canvas. We choose the print to be on canvas.

The print looks like a painting on our canvas, maybe it is. It’s amazing quality. Looks high class and we’re proud to have it on our wall. The only thing we wish came with the artwork was that is came with the hanging hook to hang it up, we had to get one ourselves. However that is my only complaint, otherwise we’re so in love with this art. We’re in love with our wall. I find myself standing there looking at it with pride. We hung the wall art and then placed photos of our family around it. It’s perfect and we wouldn’t have come up with this if it wasn’t for all the ideas we found on Fulcrum Gallery.

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Would I recommend this company? YES YES YES!! We have a few more walls that need some inspiration and will be looking at Fulcrum Gallery to help.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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“Holy Ghost” movie review & giveaway

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“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.”

My Thoughts-
Before watching the DVD of “Holy Ghost” I thought this film was going about charismatic Christians smacking people on the forehead in the name of Jesus, the ones that I find a bit over the top and freak people out. I’m glad I gave the movie a chance. The director of the documentary, Darren Wilson, put it this way; “But if He is truly a Person of the Trinity, then it stands to reason that the Holy Spirit has a personality, and that is ultimately what I want to explore in this new film. Can we take away some of the mystery and honestly explore who He really is? Can we be honest that some of the church has wholly ignored Him, while some of the church has been somewhat abusive with Him? Can we cut through much of the misunderstanding and fear people have of the Holy Spirit, and learn to embrace Him no matter what might come out the other side?”

Yes, there are some Christians out there that abuse the name of the Holy Spirit for their personal gain, but that are also Christians that choose to not even recognize Him; like there is a fear. This movie follows Darren Wilson around the world, listening to the Holy Spirit and where He wants them to go. Through their adventures they meet many people who need prayer, healing, Jesus… You will see the Holy Spirit working in everyone’s life, including the crew of this film. The movie also talks with Christian music artists (ones who sing Christian music), as well as Music artists who are Christian. Each talk about what it is to follow God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They talk about how important it is to have all three in their life.

This film changed my perspective on the Holy Spirit, His work in my life and His desires of what I need to do with my life. I don’t need to be afraid of the Spirit, I need to embrace Him, allow Him to work through me, to work in me.

This is an amazing film for churches to share with others. There is a perfect opportunity for church groups to view this film in theaters, September 6th. You can check out their website to find showtimes and theaters it will be in. It’s a life changing movie.

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