Thursday, October 26, 2017

Q Wunder by EQtainment Review

The heart of the award-winning, Q Wunder is in their original programming. Your child joins Q on fun adventures fueled by valuable lessons that develop their social and emotional skills. And be sure to watch for appearances by Q’s celebrity friends! Each episode features original music to sing along to and games based off of activities from that episode’s lesson.
 
And with the holidays just around the corner, Q Wunder makes a great gift for the kids on your list!
Parents and educators love the way EQtainment’s products help kids develop self-awareness, manners, problem solving, empathy, responsibility, grit and more. Kids just love that they’re so much fun!

EQtainment has also developed one of the first measurement tools designed to help parents identify and improve their children’s social and emotional skills with customized content delivered via our Q Wunder app.




For more about the Q Wunder games, books, toys, show and app, please visit: http://www.qwunder.com/



Q Wunder prizes will be featured in Chick-fil-A® Kid’s Meals starting this week, while supplies last!

For more information, please visit: https://www.qwunder.com/blog/q-wunder-prizes-available-in-chick-fil-a-kids-meals-while-supplies-last/


I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- No matter what age, your child will enjoy the bright colors and tons of choices that come with Q wunder. You can even have them play the apps while on the road or to keep them busy when you need to get things done but at the same time know that you are providing educational fun.  There are physical products too not just the app, so that your little one can snuggle or have a hands on approach to the learning as well.


Armed and Dangerous by John Ramirez Review

Armed and Dangerous:
The Ultimate Battle Plan for Targeting and Defeating the Enemy
by John Ramirez

Dynamic Battle Plan Identifies Enemy Tactics and Equips Believers to Live Victoriously

Jesus made it clear that the devil has come to steal, kill, and destroy. Hell is ready to unleash fury against every follower of Jesus. Yet many believers live in denial, letting the enemy steal their blessings, destroy their relationship with Jesus, and kill their hope.

But no more. It's time to put the enemy on notice!

With passion and insight gained from years on the frontlines of spiritual warfare, John Ramirez equips you with the biblical weapons and practical strategies you need to battle the enemy successfully, including how to
· discern and shut down the enemy's tactics and next moves
· fight with your God-given authority
· break free from destructive patterns and replace them with godly ones
· fortify your mind and heart against attacks
· take back what the devil has stolen
· grow in wisdom and maturity in Christ
· and more!

Here is everything you need to become armed and dangerous against every adversary that threatens your relationship and growth with Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you can destroy the power of the enemy and protect all that God has given you.

It's time to push back the gates of hell, advance the Kingdom, and live the life God designed you for.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book goes hand in hand with belief and if you are not open to the possibility of spiritual attacks, this is going to seem odd and kind of out of the ordinary.  If you grew up in a religious home more than likely you know all about this kind of thing.  For many it is new and for some it is impossible, so read it at your own discretion and take from it whatever you need to make your personal struggle a little less.  The author seems to have seen both ends of the spiritual world has he knows it and tells fact as her sees it. 

The Weaver's Light by Mara Fields Review

The Weaver's Light
by Mara Fields 
The Weaver's Light by [Fields, Mara]
After the death of his wife and child, master weaver, Callan Vellus, falls into an emotional darkness so profound that his life shrinks to the size of a brandy bottle; even his passion for his art cannot pull him back into the world. But when he has a distressing vision of falcon-faced warriors destroying a city and its citizens with blue flame leaping from their bare hands, he is roused from his stupor. Following an inexplicable compulsion, he travels north until he reaches the fire-wracked city of his dream where he finds the destruction is worse than he had imagined.

The locals claim that the death and ruin was caused by a freak lightning storm, nothing more, but despite their explanation, Callan cannot shake the feeling his vision was something other than an alcohol-induced hallucination. Pashi is an orphan living in the ravaged city, a girl who has had to learn to be on her own from a young age.

 With the help of the secret tricks her mother taught her before she disappeared, Pashi not only lives safely in the streets, but survives a direct attack from the falcon mages. Yet she finds herself even more isolated from her classmates and community after the attack, as they have no memory of bizarre warriors blasting the city with unnatural fire.

But when Callan and Pashi meet, they soon realize they are the only people who know the truth of the bird-faced sorcerers, and what they plan to unleash on the realm. Scrambling to find clues about the invaders and how to stop them, the two uncover more than they’d bargained for, and the malevolent eyes of the falcon men turn on them. Can two unlikely heroes—a weaver and a child—find a way to escape the falcon mage’s wrath long enough to pull all the pieces together and stop the invasion? Or will the sorcerers’ blue flames reduce their world to ashes?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I feel this story could have been told in 100 pages, the added 300 are just fillers.  While I see the flow happening, I do not think it was the best pace.  I think the author took too much time getting to the points instead of bringing home the action in the chapters.  I could have done without half of the actual scene setups.  In the end the book was good and the story is going to surely kill time getting through. 

Investment Strategies for Tortoises by Robert G Kahl Review



Investment Strategies For Tortoises - (Nonfiction, Financial Planning, Investing) - Like most people, the nuts and bolts of saving and investing is a bit overwhelming. Author Robert Kahl offers a concise, practical, and incredibly informative guide to learning what you need to know to make informed decisions about your financial future. There is no up-selling or get-rich-quick schemes. Just straightforward and realistic suggestions about how to decide what makes the most sense for you.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's  Review- Well this book is quite a lot of information packed in a medium easy way as far as being able to follow, especially if you have no idea about the investment world. It does include so much that you will as a reader be able to learn a lot, but I would recommend reading this at a pace that will help the knowledge to sink in and not overwhelm.

Adored: 365-day Devotional Review #AdoredByGod #FlyBy


About the 365-day devotional:

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. The book tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.

$14.99, Hardcover, For ages 13 & up

You can purchase a copy here.

Or you can get a free 7-day download

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I would not want to write in the book but it does have a space to take notes.  Each page has a daily scripture to read and a paragraph to inspire the women in your life.  The book gives the gift of spiritual timeouts at least once a day where a female can unwind and find time with God.  Perfect for believers, this is a very faith based book.

NKJV Study Bible for Kids By Thomas Nelson Review

NKJV Study Bible for Kids
By Thomas Nelson
34460643
This is the premier New King James Version study Bible for children. It is targeted for kids 8 to 12, and it’s in full color! Not only is this Bible for study of biblical facts and themes, it also includes articles that are topical and applicable to your child’s daily life.


This Bible has been created and designed especially for you with vibrant full color on every page! Now studying the Bible can be easy and fun. There are many themed articles placed within the Bible text to help make it easier for your child to read, understand, and learn about God’s Word.


This study Bible just for kids in the trustworthy NKJV translation is packed full of more than 800 study notes to help kids understand and engage with Scripture. The Bible features book introductions, personality profiles, word definitions, maps, charts, a Bible dictionary, a concordance, and a topical index to help kids learn more about God’s Word. It also includes engaging studies on topics that are important to a child’s spiritual growth and everyday life.


The Bible includes easy fan tabs to navigate through the pages. Features are integrated throughout the Bible text to prepare kids to learn how to use a study Bible so that they can use study Bibles now and as adults. By studying this Bible, your child can experience the big picture of the incredible Bible story, God’s love for you, and how to use it in daily life.


NKJV Study Bible for Kids, which offers the complete text of the New King James Version, contains more than 800 features integrated throughout the Bible text, including:




Book introductions: Including author, dates, key passages, highlights, and more

Spotlight: Show kids God’s big plan—how He worked in Bible times and how He works today

Action!: Shows how kids today can relate to and understand many of the same issues and emotions that Bible characters encountered   

Epic Ideas: Key articles that give kids information about must-know topics, and important themes to live the Christian life

Starring Roles: Biographies of key people in the Bible

In Focus: meanings and definitions of Bible names and terms

On Location: Colorful maps to help find Bible locations and events

Timelines: Highlights both biblical and historical events

Dictionary/Concordance: Helps kids navigate through terms in the Bible

Articles Index: A great study help and locator for articles within the Bible text

Quick reference: Fan tabs

Giftable: Presentation page

Fun: Colorful page edges

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A beautiful study Bible for kids as well as adults.  Anyone can really learn and enjoy the word with this book.  While I always say that this is faith based it does include some of the greatest stories of all time.  Even if you do not believe in God or have faith, the teachings might be helpful to you.  The added color will catch your child's interest and the quick reference will keep it. 

The NIV Color Code Bible By Thomas Nelson Review

The NIV Color Code Bible
By Thomas Nelson
34460572
See God’s plan and key teachings of the Bible through this remarkable version of the NIV Color Code Bible. More than 3,000 verses are highlighted in colors throughout the text, drawing children’s attention to God’s Word. The NIV Color Code Bible for kids will teach your children key biblical truths on important themes and make learning the God’s Word fascinating and fun.

More than 3,000 passages are color-coded on important faith themes. The first NIV version for children that is highlighted in full-color, this Bible will be simple for kids to read and understand.

With topics arranged by color, you will learn about salvation and how to put God’s word into your daily faith walk. The topics/colors are:

Gold: God

Navy: Sin, evil

Red: Jesus

Orange: washed clean from sin, new life

Green: growth in your new life as a Christian and Faith Walk

Blue: Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving

Purple: Heaven

Brown: Animals

Teal: Family

Tangerine: Love

A vibrant 64 pages in the beginning of the Bible will explain the color system as well as offer expanded study help features especially for growing your child’s solid faith.


The readable type, bold in-text subject headings, and color-highlighted verses all make this Bible a fantastic purchase for any child!


Full of bright colors, memorization aids, and the never-ending truth of God’s Good News, the Color Code Bible is an exciting new way to study God’s Word.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- I love the colors coded aspect and how easy it is to find and reference needed topics.  The Bible will be super helpful for study groups.  The themes are grouped perfectly and created to really help out the reader.  This book should not be read quickly or with haste because it is filled with faith based passages that any person who loves God will enjoy.

Michael R. Emlet's Descriptions and Prescriptions Blog Tour

OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
Descriptions and Prescriptions
As Christians, we shouldn't isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.

As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the "Helping the Helper" series, Descriptions and Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  An interesting read that included facts as well as new knowledge.  The topic is one I am very interested in and found that while it is great to use the bible to help you get through anything, prescription medication is also very important and this author seems to include both.  I do feel like at some points someone might feel guilty or feel more inclined to believe that they are doing something wrong by following doctors advice, but this book will help. 
Michael Emlet

Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book "CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet," the minibooks "Asperger Syndrome;" "Chronic Pain;" "Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control;" and "Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength," and many counseling articles.

Find out more about Michael at http://newgrowthpress.com/.