1.30.2015

Bible Art Journaling Giveaway

Bible Art Journaling Giveaway

If you follow us at all on social media you know that I stumbled upon the Bible Art Journaling community. I am so in love with the art form. It has quickly drawn me deeper into the Scriptures. Each week I join the Bible Art Journaling Challenge that Rebekah Jones has put together. Her prompts and art lessons have been such a blessing. I always come away from it feeling stretched and strengthened. After spending a week meditating on the verse and planning out my project I find that I have usually memorized the passage. What a wonderful bonus! 

If you'd like to see some samples of what we have done up to this point you can take a peek at some of the past challenges: 


I've loved this new creative outlet so much that I wanted to be able to invite all of you to join me. Of course you'll need a Journaling Bible and maybe some Pigma Micron Pens and of course some Prismacolor Colored Pencils. So I contacted my friends at Zondervan and Family Christian and asked if they would help me put something together for all of you. They said yes . . . so here's your chance to get started with Bible Art Journaling!

The Giveaway

We have partnered with Zondervan and Family Christian to offer one of our readers a copy of Zondervan Note-Takers Bible (you choose the version: Amplified, NASB, NIV, NKJV or KJV) a set of Pigma Micron Pens and a set of Prismacolor Colored Pencils. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Friday, February 13, 2015. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional.

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The Righteous Are Bold! ~ Bible Art Journaling Challenge: Week 3 ~ Proverbs 28:1

The Righteous Are Bold! ~ Bible Art Journaling Challenge ~ Proverbs 28:1

The Righteous Are Bold!

The verse for this week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge is Proverbs 28:1.

" The wicked flee when no one pursues. But the righteous are bold as a lion."

When I first began studying this verse the nation of Israel immediately came to mind. I thought of the Six-Day War back in 1967 between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. I won't give you a history lesson, but let's just say that Israel was outnumbered by far but because God's hand was upon them they prevailed and their enemies fled. 

I love the thought that the wicked will flee even though they are not being pursued. So even in those tough situations we (the righteous) don't have to retaliate we only have to be bold for Christ. We know that there is power in His name and we are called by His name. Therefore the wicked will flee not because they are being pursued or hunted down, but because darkness cannot exist where Light prevails.

The Process

This week's challenge took me so far out of my comfort zone. I love to paint, but I just don't do animals! That fur looks easy but I thought I would pull my hair out. 

Practicing the challenge.


I wanted to experiment with some different techniques this week. I wasn't comfortable experimenting directly on the Bible page so I decided to put the artwork on a piece of tracing paper and then glue it into my Bible.

I went online and printed out a picture of a lion to use as reference. (No I will not post a picture of the original. Let's just say my renditions aren't even close!) My first lion was done in watercolor pencils. It is a very cool product but not one that I am used to. I wasn't really crazy about the washed out look so I decided to try something else. 

My next attempt was with colored pencils. In general I liked this one better but I couldn't get it to blend as well as I liked. I'm not really sure why but I'm wondering if it has to do with the tracing paper. I was actually looking for a result somewhere between the two. So when in doubt revert to what you know.

I went back to my trusty old acrylic paints! I should back up and say that I put a coat of sealer on both the front and back of the tracing paper before I began to paint. I then put a coat of matte varnish on after I finished painting and before I inked in the lettering. After I did the handlettering with Pigma Micron Pens I then used a light spray of Krylon Matte Finish so the ink wouldn't smear by accident. 

To insert the page into my Bible I just ran a thin strip of glue down the back of the page and then inserted it into the crevice. It is holding very well and I can still flip the insert and read the text underneath. 

Of course as soon as I finished inking and spraying I realized I used the word "Brave" when I meant to use "Bold". I'm just glad that in this instance it works. They say measure twice and cut once. I guess I'd better use a similar thing in the future . . . proofread twice before you ink!

Products Used

DecoArt 
Loew Cornell
     Tracing Paper

Want To Join The Fun?


Rebekah R Jones has put together a wonderful group of fellow Bible doodlers. If you are interested you are welcome to join in the fun. A new challenge is posted each Tuesday. Check out her introduction to the Bible Art Journaling Challenge on her blog and join the Facebook group and/or the Google+ Community.

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1.29.2015

Jesus Is (Student Edition): Discovering Who He Is Changes Who You Are by Judah Smith ~ Review & Giveaway

Jesus Is (Student Edition) by Judah Smith

Book Review Disclosure

Judah Smith
Juvenile Nonfiction

DISCOVERING WHO HE IS CHANGES WHO YOU ARE.

Jesus Is __________.

How would you finish that sentence?

A prophet? A teacher? A really nice guy?

How you fill in that blank probably says a lot about the journey you're on to becoming who you are meant to be.

With humor and conviction, author Judah Smith reveals over and over who Jesus really is and helps students ages 10-14 discover that He is so much more than they ever imagined. Engaging stories, lists, takeaway quotes, and discussion questions reveal that . . .

Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. And Jesus is your friend.

And when you discover who Jesus is, it will change who you are . . . forever.




My Thoughts

During those preteen and teenage years so many things are changing in our kids lives. Physically, hormonally, and perhaps even spiritually. It's a process that we all go through, but even though it is common to man it can be tough stuff.

During these years it is important that our kids have strong family support. But a more important thing that they need to have nailed down is who Jesus is. This will help form who they are and who they become. It's great if they are a whiz in school but if they don't have the foundation of Christ they are in jeopardy no matter how successful they become.

As an adult I have enjoyed the teaching of Judah Smith and I was thrilled to see him come out with a student edition of his Jesus Is book. Reading the book is like having a conversation with a trusted friend. Judah does a great job at meeting kids where they are at and leading them down a path that allows the kid to discover for themselves exactly who Jesus is.

This would be the perfect resource for parents and tweens/teens. My suggestion would be for the parent to get the adult edition and the tween/teen to get the student edition and then go through it together.

Connect With The Author

Judah Smith


The Giveaway

We have partnered with Tommy Nelson to offer one of our readers a copy of the book Jesus Is(Student Edition). The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Thursday, February 12, 2015. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional.

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1.22.2015

Search For The Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders Series, Book 2) by Wayne Batson ~ Juvenile Fiction Review & Giveaway

Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders Series, Book 2) by Wayne Thomas Batson

Book Disclosure

The Dreamtreaders Series, Book 2
Wayne Batson
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure


WHAT IF YOUR WORST 
NIGHTMARES BECAME REAL?

When you close your eyes at night and fall asleep, your dreams can either take you into delightful adventures beyond your wildest imagination or into nightmares that you can't wait to wake up and leave behind. 

But what happens when you can't leave them behind?

Archer Keaton may seem pretty normal, but he has a hidden secret: he can explore dreams. As a dreamtreader, Archer is one of three warriors selected from each generation to defend the Waking World from the evil forces in the Dream. But after the other two dreamtreaders were killed. Archer is left all alone to protect the Dream.

Dream Inc.'s wealthy patrons are lining up left and right to go on "safari" in the Dream to experience the fantastical realm. But as Dream Inc. continues to operate, strange things begin happening around Archer's hometown--which means something is tearing huge rifts in the Dream fabric, and the Dream and Waking World are in danger of fusing together in one, chaotic nightmare. And it seems the only way to stop the madness is to find the mysterious Shadow Key.

This second book in the Dreamtreaders trilogy from bestselling author Wayne Thomas Batson is not only an epic fantasy steeped in  mystery, but also features important themes like resisting temptation, being a light in the darkness, and making wise choices, even when those choices are unpopular or difficult.





My Thoughts

Search for the Shadow Key is the follow up to last year's hit Dreamtreaders. Just like the first book it is a fast-paced fantasy that is sure to capture the attention of teens and tweens alike. While it is a fantasy type of book it has a very practical message that should strike a cord with the youth in the real world.

If your son or daughter has ever been in a situation where they faced temptation and had to make a decision that would perhaps have uncomfortable results then they will surely relate to the story of Archer Keaton. I liked how honestly the author portrayed the traps that teens can find themselves in. Another aspect of the story that I appreciated was the element of strong family ties. Archer's family isn't perfect but they love each other and support each other. That is a very needed message in this day and age.

I have to admit that fantasy books are not on the top of my desired reading, but this series is so well written that I couldn't help but enjoy it. If you have a child that loves action and adventure stories I think they will enjoy this one. This is book two in the series and in my opinion I think it is important that you read book one first to get the complete story.

Connect With The Author

Wayne Thomas Batson

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The Giveaway

We have partnered with Tommy Nelson to offer one of our readers a copy of the book Search For The Shadow Key. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Thursday, February 5, 2015. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional.

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1.21.2015

Miracles of Jesus (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible) ~ Juvenile Fiction Review



I Can Read! Level 2 / Adventure Bible
Juvenile Fiction (ages 4-8)

Miracles of Jesus is a level two I Can Read! based on the NIV Adventure Bible. In it, young readers read about how great God’s love is for all people. At this read-alone level, newly independent readers follow Jesus as he travels, spreading the Good News of his Father’s love. Along the way, Jesus shows in wondrous ways just how powerful God’s love is when he brings health back to a young girl and a long-suffering woman, and how he gives comfort to thousands of believers with a delicious meal as well as the precious word of God.

Written for the newly independent reader, vocabulary and content is at a more advanced reading level, making this series appropriate for children almost ready for their first chapter books.

This I Can Read! series of Bible stories makes use of the unique features found in the NIV Adventure Bible such as “People in Bible Times” and “Words to Treasure”.

Content aligns with the Common Core Standards for informational reading.

My Thoughts

I had the distinct pleasure of having one of my sweet grands read Miracles of Jesus with me. The book hightlights two of Jesus' miracles; Jairus' Daughter and Feeding Five Thousand. I so enjoyed hearing the story told from my sweet one's mouth. Such a blessing to have them be able to read with confidence about the miracles that Jesus performed.

Since it is taken from the Adventure Bible the illustrations by David Miles are wonderful. I especially like the facial expressions. Good pictures combined with an engaging story make for the perfect reading for a wiggly kiddo.

My grand is an eight year old and was able to read this with confidence. I did have to help with the pronunciation of  Jairus and Galilee but other than that everything was smooth. When we read it again a couple of days later it was perfect. If you have a new reader that is ready to move on to the next step this is great book to help them work on their skills.

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