Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jim Brickman Pure Worship review

I find praise and worship music to be a wonderful soundtrack for my day-to-day life. It's uplifting, and keeps my mind focused on what's important. 

Additionally, as a fan of instrumental piano music, I have loved Jim Brickman's work for many years now. Jim Brickman is a well-known and highly respected pianist and songwriter in today's contemporary music world. He is truly a very gifted musician.

To find a collaboration of both of these factors was fantastic! Courtesy of Family Christian Stores, I recently had the opportunity to review his album Pure Worship. As usual, Mr. Brickman's instrumental piano music was flawless, and the song selection was great.

From the Family Christian Store's listing: Pure Worship is Jim Brickman's fourth album, featuring pop-style instrumentals, star studded vocal collaborations, and beautiful compositions. Jim Brickman has four certified gold albums and amassed 27 Top 40 singles on the adult contemporary charts, including 14 Top 10s. Brickman received top honors with two GRAMMY Award nominations, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year awards, the Canadian Country Music Award and the Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

Track List
From The Inside Out
Forever Reign
Here I Am To Worship
The Wonderful Cross
How Great Is Our God
Mighty To Save
Shout To The Lord
10,000 Reasons
Cornerstone
Holy Is The Lord
In Christ Alone
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

My four year old fondly refers to this CD as "her most favorite lullaby music" which I think means she finds it to be quite soothing.  I've really enjoyed listening to this CD, both at home and in the car. Some of my all time favorite worship songs, such as Mighty to Save, Cornerstone and In Christ Alone are included on this disc and I couldn't be more pleased with the variety of songs. It's a great mix of traditional and contemporary music, and would be appealing to listeners of all ages.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product and Appreciation Certificate to facilitate my review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 20, 2014

What's In the Bible {Coloring Book}

I'm sure many of us are familiar with the Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible series. It was created by Phil Vischer, who was first known for the wonderful Veggie Tales series. What's in the Bible is a set of videos that separates the bible into sections. Kids learn about the important messages and stories, some vocabulary and many more things. Each video also includes catchy songs to help keep the kids engaged. I’m always so pleased by what my kids learn by watching What’s in the Bible? videos.

From the What's In the Bible coloring book description:
In Buck Denver Asks What's in the Bible?!, young ones will find 200 reproducible coloring pages, featuring favorite scenes, stories, and characters from the Bible. They will color their way through the Bible, all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

I think this coloring book would be a great resource for every parent, Sunday School teacher and Children's Ministry group. The book is great quality - it's nice paper, not at all thin or transparent. And the pages are reproducible, so you could use them with multiple kiddos or even a whole class. These coloring pages really tie in perfectly with the other What's in the Bible products!

Some of my favorite pages were the scripture verses - I think these would be great for coloring and displaying around your house!

My only caution regarding this book is the intricate detailed nature of the coloring sheets. Obviously, any little kid is capable of scribbling, but I think this book is ideally suited to more skilled color-ers, probably ages 5 and up. The pictures really are quite complex, and a lot of the coloring areas are small. This isn't a complaint, just a factor to consider.

My 11 yr old daughter, who is quite serious about her art, enjoyed the detailed pages.

(As you can see, my youngest opted to use the blank back side of the page instead)

As kids of all ages enjoy being creative and coloring, I highly encourage you to use something as simple as these coloring pages as a learning tool and a great conversation starter about our faith. Talk about the characters! Tell your kids about the stories, or ask them to tell you! Don't be afraid to delve into the details, the whys, and God's redemptive plan for His creations!

Be sure to check out the pages for yourself! You can download free What's in the Bible coloring pages!
Of course, all the What's in the Bible products can be found at your local Family Christian Store or at http://familychristian.com/.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product and Appreciation Certificate to facilitate my review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

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