Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD Giveaway

Is the Israelite's Exodus from Egypt a true story or is it a myth?  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney strives to answer that question while examining archaeological and historical evidence in his new documentary "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus".


This documentary took Timothy Mahoney 12 years to make and involved his traveling from Israel to Egypt to the Netherlands.  "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" examines Biblical texts and archaeological artifacts and contains interviews with leading experts -- both those who are for and against the authenticity of the Bible's Exodus.

It was interesting to see the historical timeline presented visually in this documentary.  "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" considers that the artifacts that prove the Biblical account to be true may be "missing" because people have been looking for the Exodus at the wrong time in history.  Shifting the timeline back 250 - 400 years means that events in the Bible, including the Exodus, begin to line up with archaeological and historical evidence.

Is it enough to consider the Exodus to be a moral fable or does it matter to you if the Exodus story is true?  "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" is a great documentary for those that question the validity of the Scriptures and for those who want to critically think about what they believe.

My husband, 9 year old and 11 year old were intrigued by this documentary (though admittedly my kids only watched the first half hour).  I trust that you and your family will enjoy it and be challenged by it too.

Check out: "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" Trailer  and
"Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" Official Website

Learn more: Interviews with director Tim Mahoney

Buy It: "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" Shop

Win it:  One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a copy of the DVD "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus".

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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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Samantha Sanderson: Off the Record" By Robin Caroll

"Off the Record" by Robin Caroll is book three in the Faithgirlz -- Samantha Sanderson series.  Sam is a middle school student and investigative journalist.  In each book, Sam reports the facts, never reveals her sources and ultimately, with the help of her bff Makayla, solves the crime.
 

In "Off the Record", the report cards at Robinson Middle School have been tampered with.  Students are finding that their marks are significantly lower than deserved.  The principal willingly acknowledges the problem, but has no idea what could have caused it or how to remedy it.

Sam's new friend, Felicia, is considered the prime suspect because of her past.  Sam must uncover the truth and, hopefully, clear her friend's name in the process.

Throughout the book, Sam is focused on the resolution of "loving her neighbour".  She finds this easy with her literal next door neighbour -- a sweet lady who is always there for her when she needs her.  Sam finds "loving her neighbour" much harder when it comes to showing kindness towards Aubrey, the meanest girl at school.  Throughout the book Aubrey is referred to as "she-beast" and another student is referred to as a "brat".  I guess Sam is finding that loving others is going to take some time, but I wish there were less name calling and less negative talk about others in the book.

I love books for pre-teens, but the writing style of this book is one I find tedious.  There are metaphors and descriptions that are so weird that they jolted me back to reality and wrecked the flow of the book for me.  An example is "The rest of the day dragged on, as if someone had shoved peanut butter in all the school's clocks."(pg 14).  That was (sort of?!?!) how I felt reading this book.

Maybe your pre-teen won't notice the issues with the flow of writing and will manage to enjoy the book.  I won't be recommending it to my pre-teen though.
 
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rediscover Nature

Check out this video and then 
take your kids outdoors to rediscover nature!



~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Monday, June 22, 2015

"The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God" by Jep and Jessica Robertson with Susy Flory

"The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God -- What Honesty and Pain Taught Us about Faith, Family and Forgiveness" by Jep and Jessica Robertson (of Duck Dynasty) with Susy Flory...  Reading this book is like being invited to Jep and Jess' for a backyard bonfire and some great conversation.  (How fun would that be!)

There is something that everyone can find to relate to in this book -- whether it's feeling insecure, keeping secrets, questions about God and Faith, addictions or divorce.  And because Jep and Jess are so honest in telling their stories you begin to feel a kinship with them.


“We are desperate to let people know that 
no matter what you’ve done; 
no matter what you’ve lived through, 
you can come out of it. 
You can be washed clean."

This book gives insight into the personal triumphs and struggles of Jep and Jessica throughout their lives.  Funny stories about sibling relationships or hunting trips are interspersed with stories about the strong bonds of family and painful stories of love and betrayal.   

So many people struggle with the idea that they are beyond God's love.  Jep and Jessica talk about their insecurities and their realization that God loves us as we are -- even with all our secrets and sins.  

Jep says in the book: "As I looked at God's Word with fresh eyes, I realized that repenting and turning to God meant I was saved and forgiven.  Jesus' blood covered my sins and redeemed me from the path of destruction I was on.  I couldn't have ever been good enough on my own."

No one is good enough on their own merit which is why we need a Saviour.  Jep and Jess highlight how important it is to have your own faith and to recognize it isn't our works that save us -- it is Jesus' death and resurrection that provides redemption for us.

Be sure to check out this book.  And if you have any questions about Jesus' death and resurrection -- please don't hesitate to e-mail me or leave a comment below. 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Still Holding Hands -- One Thousand Gifts

Thankfulness continued....

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 5 years since I last wrote a thankfulness post.  I have been incredibly thankful, even though I haven't posted about it...

45.  The Little Free Library in our neighbourhood.  We have been trading books and enjoying the walks, bike rides and scooter trips to check out what's new!

46.  "A Thousand Years" and this Littlest Pet Shop video:



Desiree (11 years old) found it and played it for me.  Desiree was lost in the woods last summer and this video reminds me of that...

47.  Still Holding Hands...  Our family went to the store the other day and on the way back I was holding Desiree's hand and told Elijah to hold Dad's hand when we crossed the street.  As we walked up our street my husband went on ahead and Elijah held Desiree's hand.  It's sweet to see a 9 year old boy who will still hold his Dad's hand, but especially sweet to see my two kids still willing to hold hands...

48.  Sleeping Through the Night -- Elijah has been having scary nightmares lately, but has made some progress on sleeping through the night.  I've told him everyone wakes up in the middle of the night and he just needs to remind himself to "Roll over and pick a new dream".

49. Looking at Old Photos from past Thankfulness posts:





~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, May 29, 2015

"A Stranger's Secret" by Lauri Alice Eakes

"A Stranger's Secret" by Laurie Alice Eakes is the second in the Cliffs of Cornwall series.  Lady Morwenna and her infant son are left alone in the world after the death of her husband.  Rather than accept the help of her overbearing/well-meaning grandparents, Morwenna is trying to survive on her own and restore the estate which will be her son's inheritance.

When an unconscious man washes up on her shore after a boat wreck that she is presumed to have caused, Morwenna's life is turned upside down.  Who is the mysterious man and why does he have a medallion with her family's crest on it?



When I first began reading, I found myself getting drawn into the story, but as the novel progressed it felt a bit redundant and the end felt rushed.  Themes in this novel include: trust, pride, parent/child relationships, love and mystery.

As the mystery unfolds, Morwenna and David struggle with their suspicions of one another and with past hurts and secrets.  Their feelings for one another are complicated by the fact that they have no clue how their lives are interconnected.  

The storyline between Morwenna and David was interesting, but I found the secondary characters and their interactions with the protagonists and with one another much less so.  Two gentlemen were referred to by their first and last names throughout most of the novel, but at times referred to by only their first names and at other times by only their last names.  Since I wasn't reading the book in one sitting and since those characters weren't very compelling, I had to stop and think "Who is this?!?!?" and then go back in the book to remind myself who was who.  Anyone who knows the play/movie "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" (inspired by Shakespeare's "Hamlet") knows what I'm talking about when two characters always seem to appear together and are nearly interchangeable.

This novel refers to God, but isn't very strong on message.  I don't expect every Christian book I read to have a strong Christian message so this isn't a negative -- just a point worth mentioning.

Overall readers who are interested in the 19th century and who enjoy romance may like this book.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Duck Commander Devotions for Kids" by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard

"Duck Commander Devotions for Kids" by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard is a devotion for kids that is inspired by the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty"!

Korie Robertson is Willie Robertson's wife and Chrys Howard is Korie's mom.  This mother/daughter team has written a devotional together that highlights the faith of the Robertson family.


"With the Robertson clan's flair for down-home wisdom and their wholesome family values, this devotional reveals the heart and faith of this much-loved family."

Fans of the show, "Duck Dynasty", will enjoy hearing "behind the scenes" stories about the Robertson family -- both from the past and the present day.  And of course, each story has a moral that applies to the theme of the day's devotion.

Each day's reading has an introductory Bible verse, the devotion itself, a prayer in Jesus' name and a "Duck Commander in Action" section.

The Duck Commander in Action section is a nice feature where the child can be inspired to DO something -- draw a picture, write a note, do something physical, visit a food bank, etc...  For this reason, reading the devotional at some point throughout the day would be better than doing it at bedtime because there would be more opportunity to do the activity.

My biggest concern with the devotional is the use of "The Message" for a couple of introductory Bible verses.  I know some people like "The Message", but I personally feel it has deviated too much for the original Scriptures to make it a valid translation and so I avoid it.

My son is 9 and he is thrilled to have a devotional all his own that he can read to himself, have me read to him or that he can even read to his older sister!  (I love it when they read their devotionals to one another because there is a story or moral they just have to share...).

Overall, this devotional is sure to be a hit with fans of the TV show "Duck Dynasty" and it is a great way to inspire young readers to search the Scriptures for wisdom and guidance.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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