05 December 2014

The Gospel of John ~ The Lumo Project #JohnOnNetflix

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." John 1:1

What some of you probably don't know is that John is my favorite gospel, tied with Genesis for my favorite book in the Bible.  When I first learned about the Lumo Project and that John would the first gospel produced, I knew I wanted to see it.  I wanted everyone to see it -- if it was good enough.

Well, I am happy to say it is not only good enough -- it is even better -- it is awesome (in every sense of the overused word)!  Currently (as of December 1st), you can watch The Gospel of John on Netflix.  You can choose two English versions or a Spanish version.  You are only limited by your access to Netflix.  Our internet speed is too slow to utilize the service.  Our sneak peek of the film (hosted elsewhere) was in HD and had many glitches - due to our internet speed, not the film or the host.  Most of my children (those 8 and up) really enjoyed watching.  Once they realized what they were hearing was word-for-word Scripture, they pulled out their Bibles.  The younger ones were not as captivated.  Family friendly?  Yes.  Dry or boring?  No!  The appeal is definitely for those mid-elementary age and older though. 

You may be wondering why there are two English versions.  First, you need to understand just what this film is.  It is a very authentic and beautifully made film of the life of Jesus.  While you watch and are carried away to first century Israel, you are hearing the Gospel of John (word-for-word text).  The NIV version is read by actor David Harewood; the KJV is read by actor Brian Cox.  The Spanish audio is read from the Reina Valera 1960.  You are still hearing the full sounds of the movie - feet walking, etc. and can almost hear the conversations (though they weren't in English).  These sounds were softer, muted, in the background so that the featured audio is the Scripture.  As a homeschool family, I am aware of how my children learn best - audio, visual, etc.  This film, The Gospel of John,  appeals to all and is as educational as it is enjoyable.

One of the aspects of this film that I find really neat is the possibility for the film to narrated in any language.  It will make the life-giving Gospel available to anyone.  "Ensuring that the Gospels are accessible to all, regardless of their language, location, background and upbringing, is the overriding mission of The Lumo Project."  And a beautiful goal that is.

11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[f] 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[g]14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,[h]Who bring glad tidings of good things!”[i]16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[j] 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Keep up with the Lumo Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  #JohnOnNetflix

Thanks to Propeller Consulting for providing this opportunity.  No compensation was received; these thoughts are my own.

01 December 2014

Must Have Apps for Learning and Fun plus a Kindle Fire Giveaway

Our family has had a tablet (iPad) for just over a year.  We added a second tablet earlier this year and recently, our oldest daughter received an older Kindle Fire.  We are still finding more and more apps that are not only fun but sneak in some learning as well.  Of course, the children prefer the straight-up games, but when we find a game that is not only fun but reinforces something educational, we both win.

Some of our "must haves" are:

  • Audible - great for my dyslexic girl and listening lunches for all of us
  • Stack the States - all of us have fun with this state geography game
  • Word Ring - build words with the letters that drop around the ring before the stacks grow too tall.
  • Geoboard by the Math Learning Center - my youngest son loves this  It's a virtual geoboard with different color bands to place.
  • Guess the Chemical Element - clues to figure out the element
  • Peterson Backyard Birds - we have a physical guide, too, but with this you can hear the birds as well.
  • Skyview - so fun for skygazing
  • You Doodle - Our favorite drawing app.  There are so many options yet it is easy enough the four year old can use it (for hours).
These are all apps we have on our iPads.  We are just starting to look into all the possibilities for the Kindle Fire my daughter has.  She uses it for reading and listening and playing Angry Birds.  I am so thrilled with how much she reads I have no problem with the purely fun game she has.  We'll work on adding some stealth learning things soon!  What do you recommend for a Kindle Fire?

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we'd bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners! We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets!

One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid's Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 value, one winner)

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24 November 2014

Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite (and more!) Giveaway

I have shared here before about heart parenting and the resources from the folks at the National Center for Biblical Parenting.  Perhaps you've read a book or attended a conference with Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN.  Through these folks, I heard about a new parenting book that shares the same belief in parenting the heart and that the Bible should be our guide.

This new book is Parenting Unchained by Dr. James Dempsey.  I'll be sharing my official review soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to invite you to a party (on Facebook) to get to know Dr. Dempsey and more about this great resource.   

To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, we are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300! Here's what you could win:

Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader ($119 value) 

Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Builtin light—read without eyestrain
Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start:

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible's powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids' character that lasts when they leave home.

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You'll learn practical, hands on ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family friendly format.  This is the parenting book you can read to your kids.

$25 Amazon Gift Card

Buy even more books for your new Kindle!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2 - 18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands on tools for parenting children of any age. The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 12 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away. As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks ($18.95 value)

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart.  Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory.  This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflectionsrecitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”

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Join us for the Parenting Unchained Facebook Release Party. There will be even more prizes and giveaways there and the author of Parenting Unchained will be present to answer your questions! RSVP today so you won't forget!