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{Product Review} With Lee in Virginia by Heirloom Audio Productions (A G.A. Henty Audio Adventure)

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There are some things in life that I learned a bit too late. One of those things is the fact that audio adventures should be embraced and enjoyed! The kids and I were ecstatic when we were chosen for the latest G. A. Henty audio adventure from Heirloom Audio Productions. The stirring retelling called With Lee in Virginia is by far our family’s favorite adventure!

The Product

With Lee in Virginia - Audio Theater from Heirloom Audio Productions | Mama's Coffee Shop The Audio Theater CD

We recieved this 2 disc audio CD from the company and with as much zeal as Christmas morning, the kids and I began our newest G. A. Henty audio adventure. We have really come to enjoy listening to these amazing productions!

The front cover of the CD case is so intriguing and colorful, I love it!

We began the CD and were rapidly transported into the 1860’s right before the Civil War broke out. As the story began we were introduced to the two main characters Vincent and Dan.

Vincent is a young man that is keen on educating his slaves, even though he knows that it is against the law. Dan is a witty slave, one of Vincent’s from the family estate, The Orangery. Vincent is a straight talking, opinionated, loyal young man of 15 yet he is determined to make others realize that slavery might not be the right thing to do.

The adventure begins to become more lively as both Vincent and Dan enlist in the Confederate Army, where they are destined to fight the Union Army. The story is full of ups and downs, gripping and harrowing moments as we follow Vincent and Dan into battle.

We meet General Lee numerous times and each time he is a man of duty, integrity, and honor. He is a man that fears the Lord more than man and proves his merit and worth in every moment of battle. He teaches Vincent that you should always do your best and never anything less. He prayed before battle and never seemed to show any fear.

General “Stonewall” Jackson is also one of our favorite characters, as he is a genius on the battlefield and is quoted as saying, “Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.” He was a God fearing man that prayed often and led his men with courage.

The inspiring story of courage, adventure, bravery, and honor all come to life in this extraordinary adventure in history, one we will enjoy over and over again!

With Lee in Virginia Study Guide PDF | Mama's Coffee Shop The Study Guide with Questions

This 48 page PDF is one of the best study guides! The Heirloom Audio Productions company puts as much effort into their study guides as they do their audio theater productions. I love the depth of which they take everyone, guiding and encouraging a love of history.

The Study Guide has each section of the story broken down into a full page of information and questions.

  • Listening Well – this is a portion that has guided questions to help the listeners remember what they have already heard.
  • Thinking Further – is more in depth questions to get your listeners to dig deeper in the ideas and thoughts of what they have already listened to.
  • Defining Words – a list of the (possibly) new words that are being used in the audio. Providing extra school if need be, if the listeners do not know the words, they can look them up.

At the back of the book there is a 2 page Bible Study provided. This Study Guide covers two very important things:

  • Duty
  • Loving Your Enemy

The Bible study entails numerous Bible verses to coincide with the area of discussion. A wonderful way to help instill what God thinks about these two points.

The last section in the Study guide is a More section that covers more in depth discussion of these two subjects:

  • Sectionalism
  • Slavery in the Bible

Also included with our CD review was extra goodies. They offered to us an MP3 download of the audio, the soundtrack download, a promo poster, the PDF of G.A. Henty’s With Lee in Virginia adventure, a printable quote from General Lee, and the Study Guide.

A wonderful and thoughtful addition to our review. Thanks Heirloom Audio Productions!

Our Thoughts and Feelings

Since we have reviewed Under Drake’s Flag and In Freedom’s Cause I would like to think that we are open minded about audio theater now. The kids and I have, hands down, voted this audio the best one yet from Heirloom Audio.

Here is our reasoning; the amazing battle scenes and intense sound effects wowed us like never before. The passion that filled this story rattled us and keep us completely focused. This CD was played on two separate occasions and we all sat spellbound and captivated as the story unfolded.

We laughed, we cheered, we were shellshocked, and we cried (well, I did anyway) as we were wrapped up in this thrilling adventure.

The kids learned more about slavery in this history lesson than any other discussion we have had before. This CD caused us to talk about deep things in regards to humans and living as God intends for us to live.

We loved Dan’s wit as he dealt with life as a slave. We had our world rattled with Vincent every time there was a battle, loss, or victory.

We were amazed at General Jackson’s battle tactics, and equally as impressed with his courage and bravery. General Lee made us proud of the way he stood for what he believed yet had to courage to know when to yield.

This was an impressive audio adventure that delighted yet educated us in the two plus hours we listened. We highly recommend this product to anyone that thinks that history is boring, our family would like to encourage you to find out otherwise.

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Visit Heirloom Audio Productions around the web:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WithLeeInVirginia and https://www.facebook.com/heirloomaudio

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeirloomStories

Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/114534826166314080647/114534826166314080647/posts

I hope you enjoyed this latest review and visit again soon!

In His Grace.

Callie

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Parent Training Center Giveaway for Churches from NCBP

With so may ways to “parent” in today’s world, there is only ONE sure way. By following what the Bible says and therein insuring that it is sound Godly advice…straight from the source.

As one of the newest believers that has come into affiliation with The National Center for Biblical Parenting, I highly recommend that you check out this Amazing giveaway for Churches. It is a wonderful relief to know that my church would be teaching the same principles to my child in class as I am at home.

A Parent Training Center is a church that intentionally trains parents, providing resources and tools both for discipleship of believers and for evangelism to families in the community.

The National Center for Biblical Parenting offers resources, and practical support to help you become the Parent Training Center God designed. The Equipping Program contains a number of mobilization tools to help you advance to the next level in your parent discipleship ministry.

With this program you’ll interact with experts as well as other pastors and church leaders. Receive personalized guidance for your unique church situations. Use resources that will equip your parents to reach their children’s hearts.

Parent Training Center Giveaway for Churches

To introduce your church to the Parent Training Center concept, we are hosting an awesome giveaway that includes some of our best church and parent training resources, along with a $100 gift certificate to the National Center for Biblical Parenting store. Here’s what your church could win:

Parenting Is Heart Work DVD Church Kit ($199.95 value)

Equip parents to touch the hearts of their kids with this biblically-based, practical training program. Parents and teachers of children 2-18 years will benefit from this life-changing curriculum. The Parenting is Heart Work Church Kit includes:


• Eight 35-minute video sessions
• A Leader’s Guide with reproducible pages for attendees
• A copy of the 256 page book Parenting is Heart Work

The videos were filmed before a live audience of parents and children. Using drama, Bible stories, and lots of illustrations, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN will energize you and provide you with tools you need to strengthen your family. Use this eight-part video series in your church, small group, or even in your own family. Many times parents have to change the way they parent in order for children to change the way they live.

 

The Family Toolbox DVD Church Kit ($179.95 value)

he Family Toolbox has 8 lessons for parents, teens, or both in a small group setting. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue among parents and a 10-minute teaching session featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As the group works through the lessons parents learn:

• How to focus on the heart instead of just behavior
• The cues you give that tell your children when you mean business
• Practical ways to remove conflict from the problems of family life
• How to end correction times with impact
• A tool for maximizing heart change in the correction process
• The value of teaching kids to accept no as an answer
• Ways to reduce anger episodes in children

The Family Toolbox is designed for families with children ten years old and up and is an excellent resource for small groups. Each lesson can be done in 20-30 minutes, but could also lead to discussion and dialogue lasting an hour or more.

Coupon to purchase resources in the NCBP Store ($100 value)

Visit the NCBP store to discover a plethora of church and parent training resources.

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This giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.  Entrants to this giveaway will be added to the email list for the National Center of Biblical Parenting.

The Best of Luck to You!

In His Grace.

Callie

 

 

 

 

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{Book Review} When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall

When the Heart Cries By Cindy Woodsmall

The Book – When the Heart Cries

Hannah Lapp is a young Old Order Amish girl that understands that love does not cross boundaries and that love cannot mend all broken things. Finding love with young Mennonite Paul Waddell is what the heart wants but not what will be accepted with Hannah’s family. But the heart wants what it wants and after three years of secretly loving Paul, Hannah accepts his marriage proposal, praying that her family will understand.

On that joyous night though the unthinkable happens to Hannah that could destroy her entire future with Paul and her community. As Hannah battles with the secret that she holds in her heart, she is slowly losing the respect of her community. How is it that a loving people can turn so cruel when the rumors start to fly?

Journey with Hannah as she attempts to let the matter drop yet manages to dig herself deeper into the tragedy that she now calls her life. Her sister hates her, her father thinks she is a liar, the Bishop has called her to repent, yet all Hannah wants to do is love Paul. Then the worst tragedy of all happens, Paul thinks that Hannah has become a fallen woman and leaves her too.

Can Hannah rely on God and listen to His voice even though that is not the way of the People?

Will she break free of the Ordnung and find her way or will the laws of the community drag her down and hold her captive?

Liar she is not but no one seems to take her at her word anymore, she follows her heart but that might not be good enough to free her soul from the tragedies that she has faced.

My Thoughts 

This book held me captive as I read the story of a young girl that was frightened and heart sick. I struggled to read as she tried to bury her secret and carry on in her community as if nothing was wrong. I held my breath when she realizes that the no one believed her story and cried with her as she teetered on the edge of depression.

This story shows the scary, dark, and dangerous side of the Amish. Where the rules are more important than the facts and no one is given the chance to make things right. There is no innocent until proven guilt, there is only the rules of the Ordnung and they must be followed.

I was amazed at the turn this story took and my heart cried right along with Hannah. I could not image having to live with such a devastating secret and then feel as if my family had abandoned me. This character is so well written and I felt draw to her within moments of reading the book.

There is nothing wrong with following the rules of your beliefs and it was actually refreshing to take a peek into the Old Order Amish from a different perspective.

I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the Sisters of the Quilt series, because I for one believe that if God calls you to something, He will carry you thorough it. I cannot wait to see this story to completion.

Well written, and an Amish story like none other that I have read. Well done!

Visit the author Cindy Woodsmall around the web:

website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall

Visit again soon to see what I have on my book shelf!

In His Grace.

Callie

 

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{BookLook Bloggers Book Review} The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain

Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain

The Book

The young bears, Brother, Sister, and Honey, are excited about Fall and all of the wonderful things that come with the season. Mama and Papa are excited too.

As the Bear family makes their way to Farmer and Mrs. Ben’s farm, they are reminded that even Mother Nature answers to a higher calling, God. And since God creates everything, including the seasons, the young bears realize that this season is also a season of thankfulness.

My Thoughts

As with any Berenstain Bears’ book there is a deeper meaning to the story. And since Mike Berenstain has created the newest books in this incredibly memorable series, I am so pleased to read them to my children.

The original stories written by his father and mother were always excellent books, but I am so tickled that the Living Lights™ series makes sure to incorporate God and a beautiful lesson into each book. It makes it so pleasing to have these books on my bookshelf because I know that they are based on great Biblical lessons. All wrapped up neat and tidy in a beautiful and colorful display, this book is sure to add depth and meaning to your children’s life.

This book, like all the other Berenstain Bears’ books, is a huge hit with my kids and I am blessed to be able to read wholesome and entertaining stories that I know my kids enjoy.

I hope you visit again soon to see what else we have on our bookshelf!

In His Grace.

Callie


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

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{BookLook Bloggers Book Review} Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman (An Amish Village Mystery)

Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

The Book – Murder Freshly Baked

Middleburg, Indiana is a small town where Englischer (English) and Amish live in harmony, most of the time. The Amish Village is a beautiful complex that houses a hotel with restaurant and numerous small businesses. Some of the businesses are Amish run, others are English run but for the most part, the area is a wonderful place to live and visit.

That is until a local resident is shot in the street. Oh, and there have been issues with the local baked goods for the past month too…so don’t eat any of the pies, or you might be next…

Amber Bowman and Hannah Troyer are smack dab in the middle of another terrible time at the Amish Village. The mayhem that has surrounded the Village is being stirred up yet again and causing the amateur sleuths to loss sleep and question everyone.

Amber has been holding a secret and if she doesn’t get help soon, she might actually crack under the pressure. Something that has never happened before. She is being help captive by emails that are being sent and she fears telling anyone the real reason she is so frazzled. Can she finally trust the ones that love her the most with her deepest fears or will the emails finally come true?

Meanwhile Hannah is trying to plan her wedding to Jesse and also help Mary plan her wedding to Andrew. A Double wedding is a daunting task yet Hannah feels that her friendship with Amber is a top priority also. Will this Poison Poet cancel the wedding plans or will they catch the trouble maker in time?

Visit The Amish Village in this recent murder mystery and plan weddings, plan a Cure for Cancer 5K, meet the newest member of the community, and help unravel the poems of the most frightful kind.

Because this time, Amber and Hannah might run out of time before the murderer strikes again.

My Thoughts 

Oooooh, I LOVED this one! I have read the first two books in this series and thoroughly loved them too, but this one, this one takes the cake…ummm, or pie.

The story is laid out differently than the others and that sets it apart. The book starts with the murder then goes back 4 weeks to where the whole story begins. Knowing what is going to happen than the traversing through the backstory that leads up to the murder, well, it was a nice twist and I enjoyed it so very much!

Murder Freshly Baked is another book that I would recommend to my friends and readers because it is so well written. I have come to love the main characters and feel like they are family. I cry, I laugh, I rejoice, and I am saddened by the many ups and downs that the author leads the characters through.

The truth and grace that Vannetta Chapman writes into her stories always leaves me with some hope for humanity. That there truly are still wonderful people in the world, and all hope is not lost. Murder notwithstanding, family trumps everything. And, family is not always blood relations…God makes us all family.

Once again, I am so excited to share this Amish murder mystery with you because I have yet to find such entertaining, in depth, and fabulous story writing in this genre.

So, so good! Make sure to grab the first and second book too, you don’t want to miss them!

Please visit the author around the web:

webpage — www.VannettaChapman.com
blog — http://vannettachapman.wordpress.com
facebook — www.facebook.com/VannettaChapmanBooks
pinterest — http://pinterest.com/vannettachapman

Visit again soon to see what else I have been reading.

In His Grace.

Callie


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

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