Saturday, April 08, 2017

Once Upon a Time Holy Bible and Storybook Review


      With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.

      Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!


The Once Upon a Time Holy Bible is NIrV version.  It also highlights 6 stories with colorful illustrations.  I like this version and the illustrations and highlight stories draw the reader in. You can buy this book wherever books are sold.





The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is full of colorful illustrations to make the stories come alive.  Each story has a "Happily Ever After" section that shares a lesson to learn from the story.  For example for the story of Zacchaeus it reads, "Zacchaeus wasn't always a good person, but Jesus wanted to be friends with him anyway.  Jesus loves us no matter what mistakes we make."   It also shows where in the Bible the story is found so you can look it up and go deeper if you would like. This storybook is available at Sam's Club and wherever books are sold



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Laura Story CD Open Hands Review and Giveaway

I first heard of Laura Story when her song "Blessings" became popular.  Hearing the story behind the song really touched me. Here is a link to the backstory  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDiTuSLSJB8 .  That song is still on my favorites playlist.

I was super excited to hear Laura had a new album coming out called Open Hands.

One of the things I love about Laura's songs is that it feels like there is a whole lot of thought put into them and why she chooses the lyrics and themes that she does.  I loved hearing the backstory on this album too!

Here are a few things she had to say about the album:


"We have this picture all the way through the Scriptures of all these great leaders in this process of surrendering everything.  What the Lord is asking them is not, 'You need to hold on tighter.  You need to manage this better.'  What the Lord asks us is to surrender," she offers, "It's about learning to live with open hands, learning to live life in this constant state of swing, 'Lord, my life is Yours.  My time is Yours.  My resources are Yours.  All of this is Yours.  Do what You will.'"
We never get to a point where we can do life apart from complete and total daily dependence on Jesus,” Story admits. “The irony is the less control we have, the more peace we have and the more, I would even say, success and joy we find. It’s a contrary picture to what the world tells us, but it’s gaining through letting go.”



WOW!!  I feel like I have been on a journey of just letting go and giving God everything so it makes me love this album even more.

As I was listening to the songs I kept saying, "This one is definitely my favorite!"  and then the next song would come on and I was like,  "No!  THIS one is my favorite!"  Over and over again!  It isn't often that an album is packed full of all such good songs!

Here are some links to get more info!

You definitely want to check Open Hands out!  
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Video links:
Open Hands (Official Lyric Video) - https://youtu.be/AABE--YR1No
Open Hands (Song Devotional) - https://youtu.be/NWWiyFlXdi0


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