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20.12.14

Think Outside the Box with @TheBouqs #bouqlove

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If you are trying to think outside the box on a great gift, I have a perfect solution for you!  
The Bouqs roses would be a great way to show how much you care.  This doesn't even have to be for Christmas, it can be New Years, Valentines, Easter, Just Because, Anniversary and so much more... 
The Bouqs are roses that are straight from an Eco-Friendly farm ON an active volcano.  
I don't know about you, but doesn't that sound so much more "out there" than just regular roses?  I know, I am all about the different...   Anyways, I was excited to try them out, so I picked the Confetti Flower Bouquet.  I eagerly waited for them to arrive and when they did I was so excited!   

The Bouqs arrives in a slender box, with each rose carefully wrapped so that they will not be damaged in the shipping.    The Bouqs also lets you add a personalized note, so that when you open the box, you are greeted with the message.  
Look how beautiful and colorful they all are!   I was in love from the second I opened the box!  I had a vase ready and Broxton and I placed them in the vase and put them on the table for us to enjoy!  
I thought they were so pretty and they added just the right splash of color to the place!  With gorgeous reds, pinks, purples, whites, light greens and yellows!  Amazing!  
We were able to enjoy them for quite some time, although,  I hate that I did not try and see exactly how long they lasted in our house!  

Remember, if roses aren't your thing, The Bouqs have several other flowers that are sure to delight the recipient.  They also have 3 sizes of order options to choose from and get this... You can even set up a delivery plan to send more than one arrangement.  ( I think this would be great for my dad, since he tends to forget things like birthday and anniversary dates!  )  You just plan the best for you and they will help customize the deal for you!  Talk about great service! 

A few (new to me) books from Margaret Wise Brown @parragonbooks

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Talk about learning something new every day.... 
I have always known that Margaret Wise Brown was the author of Goodnight Moon, but I was not familiar with her other books... until now.  I had no idea she had so many!  Last month I was able to share with you Jingle Paws... Well, this month get ready for 2 additional Margaret Wise Brown books!   
The Noon Balloon is a very colorfully illustrated book that has a couple kids set off for an adventure in a hot air balloon.  (If you know me, you know I absolutely LOVE hot air balloons, so I was excited to check this one out!)  As we turn the pages, we see the hot air balloon travel all over, from the city to the country, past a circus and into a storm, before finally reaching their destination.   It was a cute one and I know Broxton will love it when I pick it for bed time this week!  

The other book was One More Rabbit... This is a counting book that allows us to see one rabbit and his family as they get ready for a party... One mama, one daddy, two sisters, three brothers and so on... all the way to cousins and great grandparents!!!  The whole thing was about ONE rabbit family celebrating!  Loved the illustrations and all the silly things they were doing to have a fun party!  

Tips from Doc McStuffins @disneyhyperion

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The Doc is in!   At least that was the case at Career Day this year at Broxton's school!  I am telling you, if I saw one Doc McStuffins, I saw 20 of her!!!  I love that kids have a cute character they can relate to and I love that the end of her books have tips for the kids.   Blame it on the Rain - Tips on being safe in the rain...   Training Army Al - Tips on staying fit...    Each book leaves me guessing the diagnosis for her "Big Book of Boo-Boos" and these books are great for both boys and girls!  

Doc McStuffins - Blame it on the Rain:
 In this book, Doc gets to spend the day with her friend.. but it is raining, so they are inside.  Then, the sun comes out and they get to go out to play, that is when they find Moo-Moo cow and realize that it was left outside.  Moo-Moo is all wet now and Doc needs to take Moo-Moo home and diagnose the problem.  Once Moo-Moo is taken care of, she doesn't want to go home, since she was forgotten and left outside... What happens next?  You need to read it to figure it out!  


Doc McStuffins - Training Army Al
Training Army Al is super cute!  Doc's brother is headed to Badger Scout Camp and the toys are not wanting to go... They know what all happens that weekend and they just can't do it... Until one toy steps up, Army Al... ready for duty!   After the toys give Army Al a "Badger Scout Camp Bootcamp" they declare he is ready to serve!   Read the book to see what all happens over the weekend and what they do to welcome him home!  

19.12.14

Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas #VeggieTales

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With the holidays approaching, we need to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  No, it isn't about Santa... or Rudolph, or cookies or presents... it is about family and that Christmas celebrates the Birth of Jesus!    I love Veggie Tales and I love when they show Veggie Tales at our church... This is a great DVD to have under the tree this year, so make sure you head out and buy one today!  

Larry The Cucumber is a Christmas elf at the Spring Valley Mall who just wants to spread joy at the holidays. When he meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need, "Merry Larry" sets off on adventure that will light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about - "Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave to you!" Featuring Si Robertson as Silas the Okra! 

One on One Workbooks for Kids of all ages! #SpectrumBooks

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Has holiday break started at your child's school?  It did here, today and I am very excited!  Yes, I love when he is in school, but I love our time together too!  We play, we laugh, we sleep, we watch movies, we snuggle, we read and we even do a little homework!   Yes, you read that right!   We work on homework a bit too!   
It doesn't bother Broxton and I love that although we have LOTS of play time, we still do educational things as well!   Maybe we will write a letter, or color a picture... Work on counting or even work on shapes and colors.  Each day is something different, but the great thing is when I have " homework sheets" for him to work on as well!   I was recently sent several work- books for review from the Spectrum Series.  I was able to choose a few to look at and I went ahead and did some for now and then a couple for when he is in First Grade.  

The Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group has it all covered.  
You can search for books that you need based upon age / grade.  (They start at Toddler, Age 1-3 all the way to High School, Age 14-18)  If that is not the way you want to go, you are more than welcome to search based upon the theme / season or even the subject/ need)  

Since we are currently working on Sight Words, I thought that would be a great one for us to see.  (He is struggling with sight words, since according to my 5 year old, he KNOWS EVERYTHING!)  I also grabbed a math one, since he says that Math is his FAVORITE SUBJECT right now!  
Head on over to their site to see the books!  They have links where you can click on them to see a couple sample pages to see if you think they would work for your children's work. Broxton has homework Monday through Thursday nights and although it is normally just one sheet, plus nightly reading, we try and do more from time to time.  I have the books on the table where he does his homework and we normally flip through the book and pick one or two additional pages to work on. (Not every night, don't worry!)    He enjoys it, I like working with him and it is teaching, so it isn't wasted time!  '
I think these are great if you are looking to work a little more with one on one time.    If you are looking for something to let your kids get a jump on school, make sure you check out Carson-Dellosa Publishing to see what all Spectrum has to offer!

18.12.14

Personalized Vitamins? #VousVitamin

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Are you unfamiliar with Vous Vitamin?  I was until recently...   
I think it is awesome that you can create a vitamin just for your needs.  
They have a survey you fill out and then they create one specifically for you!   
From their website:


With new knowledge about the role of different nutrients always evolving, safety surrounding the use of certain supplements is always a foremost concern.  Finding the right vitamins in the right amounts can be a challenge. Vous Vitamin will provide you with a medically sound, premium product that is of the highest quality. As well as helpful resources and posts.

Besides Personalized Vitamins, they also have "situational supplements" that could be just what you need!   Head on over to see what they offer!

Whether it's cold and flu season, or you are just feeling run down, sometimes you need a boost.  Afraid of catching the cooties when people are coughing all around you? Feeling sick, but no time to run to grandma's for chicken soup? Our unique blend of Vitamins C, D3 and zinc helps support your Immune System when you need it most. Your white blood cells need the right nutrients to function optimally and fend off disease. This situational supplement is taken with water twice daily when you need it, so that you can be on your feet in no time.

Make sure with all the bugs going around this year, you stay prepared and ready for all life throws your way!  

17.12.14

Disney's Christmas Storybook Collection from @DisneyHyperion

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Do you need a Christmas Book?  Every house should have one to enjoy over the holidays! With the Christmas Storybook Collection, you are sure to please all Disney fans!!!
The stories include :
Toy Story, Tangled, Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, Cars, Wreck-It-Ralph, Monsters Inc, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Lady and the Tramp, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Robin Hood, Pinocchio, Wall-E and 101 Dalmations.
This is a hard covered book (so it would make a great gift idea) and the text to picture ratio is perfect to keep kids of all ages excited and entertained!   This would be a great gift idea this year to a group of kids (or even a classroom!)  
Celebrate the season with favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar characters! This updated edition of the top-selling storybook collection includes new stories with popular characters from films like Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Tangled. This enchanting volume of 18 tales brings the magic of Christmas to life with over 250 beautiful full-page and spot illustrations plus silver-gilded pages!

16.12.14

Long Day? Need a Heating Pad for those sore muscles? #ThermophoreHeatPad

Do you have the aches and pains when cold weather sets in?  Do you always have sore muscles after working out?  Maybe you have a physical job where you are a bit sore at the end of the day? Whatever the case may be, I am sure you wish you had a bit of relief when all is said and done, right? Marc is always hard at work taking care of our family, be it working his daily job or when he does Army training,  not to mention a 5 year old isn't the easiest on the back!    So what is a person to do?  

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What you do is hope that someone you know reads this post and decides that you really need a Thermophore Heat Pad to help you at the end of the day!  (Feel free to forward this post along if they need a hint!)  
We were sent a Thermophore Heat Pad for review and the first thing you notice is the size. This isn't any plain jane heating pad, this bad boy is "nearly twice the size of standard heating pads" and it can cover many different area's.  I had to try it out and was able to put it over my back, allowing for it to go up and down and cover my whole spine.  (I then had to try it out over the shoulders and while I wish it would have been able to drape over more, like a shawl, it isn't a shawl... it is a heating pad.... so it didn't do so, but it was able to cover both shoulders. )  
I am a bit torn on the button to turn it on though...
It is a button you press and hold to heat up. I love the feature that when you release it, it automatically shuts off, so you don't have to worry about it staying on to long (or being on if you fall asleep.)  At the same time though, I wasn't completely sold on it... I wanted to relax and not have to press the button down... so I wasn't 110% satisfied there... to be honest though, I see why they do the press button and I love it, so it really isn't a deal breaker!  
The other thing I noticed with the Thermophore was the softness of it.  It comes with a cover that is super soft, like a fleece or something, but it is made so that you can remove it and wash if need be!   

Here is more about the Thermophore:
MOIST HEAT THERAPY
Our Thermophore Deep Moist Heat products significantly enhances the penetrating power and benefits of heat therapy! There is no need to add additional water to our products as they automatically utilizes atmospheric moisture when the heat application is activated!

Soothing, comforting intense moist heat therapy for pain. It's such a basic idea, well-known and trusted through the ages, that we often forget how fabulous it can feel to just heat up those sore, aching muscles and joints!

If you have someone who uses a heating pad, or that might need a heating pad... Make sure you tell them about the Thermophore Heat Pad! 

*** Made in the USA!  Can't beat that! 

Lock in Moisture this Winter with @VaselineBrand

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I love lotion.  There is no denying that.  I will always have at least a couple different brands / scents at all times in the house. One - I love the smells of it.  Two - I love the way it makes my skin feel.  Three- I have a slight obsession.  I have been working with Vaseline Lotions for a while now and their products never seem to disappoint.  The latest that was sent to me was their "Intensive Care Advanced Repair" in lightly scented and fragrance free.  I actually have the lightly scented sitting on my nightstand now. I love it.  It is very light, like a milky feeling... and it seems to quickly absorb into my skin.  I normally put it on right as I get ready to go to bed and then I can drift off to sleep with a great scent on my head and soft smooth hands!  They also have a fragrance free version (I save those for Broxton, since I like the scents!)  
·         Deeply moisturizes
·         Clinically proven to heal very dry skin in 5 days
·         Relieves very dry skin from the first application
·         Contains specially designed blend of glycerin (to pull moisture into all layer of surface skin – the stratum corneum), and micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly, plus dimethicone (to lock moisture in)
·         Ideal for women with very dry skin



If you have a problem with dry, cracked lips, why not try their lip therapy?  To keep those lips puckered up and looking beautiful, Christmas pictures anyone, try the Creme Brulee lip therapy.  If you want to go all "blinged" out, they even  offer a bejeweled canister!!   Perfect for gift giving!   

Remember, all of these products would make great stocking stuffers!   

Princesses and Cooking - Pretty awesome Christmas! Find out from @DisneyHyperion

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Having a son means not really being up to all the knowledge of Princess type things, but that doesn't mean that I don't love them!!  I was excited to get the book, Prefect Princess Christmas, if only to read it to my self!  Hey, I love the little Mermaid and Cinderella isn't a new princess... So, I could justify my excitement!  
In the princess book, I loved reading about how the Princesses were so excited for the holidays... and none of them were excited for what they were going to GET, instead, they were bubbling with excitement on what they were giving!  Isn't that what Christmas is all about?   
 Now little girls can celebrate the holidays with the Disney Princesses! From crackling fires and snowy sleigh rides to beachside gatherings and New Orleans feasts, each princess does Christmas her own way. These four Christmas-themed stories star Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Tiana, and their family and friends as they deck their castle halls. With gorgeous illustrations on every page, plus a foil-stamped jacket, this 96-page storybook is sure to be an instant classic. Plus, download the Royal Christmas app!

The other book I am enjoying?  A Cookbook!   Yes!  I will be honest, I am not really one to be found in the kitchen that often, but this book is just too cute!  It has great recipes, from breakfast to snacks... and they are actually ranked by gingerbread as to how hard they are to follow through. The added bonus?  Some can be made into gift jars for easy gift ideas and they even included a couple punch out gift cards at the end of the book to help out.
( I am personally really excited to try and make "Anna's Frozen Ice Candy" and "Sleepy's Early- Riser Egg Biscuits!")  
Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy!

15.12.14

If you can dream it... You can build it! @ogosport

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I am all about Broxton using his hands and his brain in being creative and having fun.  We love different toys that allow him to express himself in many different ways, so when I saw the OgoBild box, I thought this would be perfect for him to play with!    I was so excited when the chance to work with them arrived and I know that you will love it too!  
First up, let me give you the "overview" of OgoBild from their website: 
We are designers. But we don't just design products.

From award-winning classics like the Super SportsDisk to newer creations like OGOBILD, we don't just design toys or sporting goods - we design something more...We design active play for all ages. We design endless hours of fun for your children. And hours of fun with your children.
OgoSport was founded in 2004 by a duo of accomplished designers from world-renowned school of design, the Pratt Institute. Our talented roster of creators formed the company to question the current direction of play, and these inquires have inspired us to seek new directions in product development. Accordingly, we have set the following criteria for products that carry the OgoSport name:
Encourage active play and exercise
Age ranges span from young children to grandparents
Encourage play between all age combinations in-between
Allow for open-ended exploration and experimentation
Opportunities for both indoor and outdoor play
Benefits for therapy and children with special needs
Safety, quality, and integrity
Batteries not required


,
This is what arrives in the box...   Bags of different parts.
Now it is up to you to use your creativity to make it into something
.  
We quickly dug into the bags and started checking out what all was inside.  It was great seeing Broxton's excitement as he learned they were for him to build anything and everything he could think of.  The sky is the limit and he is having a blast!   
Nothing is sweeter when he says "Mama, will you play with me? " and I love being able to get down on the floor and us try building different things.  This is the best thing for us.  We get to play, we talk, we laugh...we make memories!   The best thing?  Right now, it is great for us to play and build and have fun... but when he gets older, he can use it to build and record movies!   Just check out some that are on their site!
I really like the Leap one... it just shows if you can dream it, you can do it!   
This would make one awesome gift! Order one to go under your tree!   

From Sea to Shining Sea #EllisTheElephant

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I hate admitting this, but I was not a fan of history growing up.  I thought it was boring and I wanted nothing to do with it. Now, I wish I had paid more attention, since Broxton seems to have a million questions.  My answers are one of 2 -  
First up- go ask your daddy.  Marc loves history and seems to know a lot about it.

Second response?  Well, lets look it up together and see!  
I think part of the reason it was so boring was not only the way the teachers taught it, but also the books were so cut and dry and had nothing to offer.  That was why I was eager to see what this book, From Sea to Shining Sea by Callista Gingrich was all about.  In this book (which is book four in the Ellis the Elephant Series) we follow Ellis as he starts this book off meeting George Washington, the First President.  We learn about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.  This is a cute book that gives enough information to grab their attention, but then also gives plenty of resources available at the back of the book is you want to go further into explanation with the child.  I really enjoyed it and think that all of these books would be a great addition to a child's library.  

Ellis the Elephant is back and ready for another adventure in American history! In From Sea to Shining Sea, the fourth installment of Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis explores the early years of the United States and heads west into uncharted territory with Lewis and Clark.
In preceding books, Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, Ellis learns about pivotal moments that have shaped America. Now, in From Sea to Shining Sea, America’s favorite time-traveling pachyderm discovers a new and growing nation along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea and others.
Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, From Sea to Shining Sea will delight those who want to know how brave Americans forged a growing nation and spread freedom from coast to coast.
From Sea to Shining Sea will delight those who want to know how brave Americans forged a growing nation and spread freedom from coast to coast.

Celebrate Christmas with Doc and Jake @DisneyHyperion

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Nothing better than Christmas books with your favorite Disney Junior characters, right?   We were sent a great selection of Christmas books to get the holiday mood just right and I must say, they are super cute!   
We have Doc McStuffins, it is a cute paperback book that has her leaving her home and heading to the North Pole to help an elf fix a broken present on Christmas Eve!  (She even gets to meet the Big Man himself!)  
The other book is a board book featuring Jake and the Neverland Pirates!  This book has Hook up to his old ways of trying to steal what isn't his... But no worries, Jake and his crew won't let Hook ruin their Christmas!   
Christmas Eve is full of surprises at the McStuffins house! When the toys sneak downstairs to leave Doc’s present under the tree, they find Tobias, one of Santa’s elves, delivering toys. But Tobias accidentally drops Donny’s robot toy and breaks it! Doc and the gang head out on a magical rescue mission to the North Pole to visit Santa’s workshop and fix the toy before Christmas morning. Includes special sparkly stickers for even more holiday fun!
This holiday board book is sure to get every pirate into the Christmas spirit! Never Land has become a Winter Wonderland! The night before Winter Treasure Day, Peter Pan leaves gifts and the Forever Green Tree on the beach for his favorite pirate crew. But before Jake, Izzy, and Cubby can celebrate together, Captain Hook steals the holiday treasures-even the tree! In their quest to reclaim their treasure, Jake and the crew realize that friendship is more valuable than any gift.

Both are great additions for the Christmas season!   

14.12.14

Feel Good with Easy Meals - @SpaghettiOs #UhOhSpaghettiOs

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With the holiday break approaching, you might want to start thinking of simple and easy lunch / snack ideas to get through the break.  I was sent a great array of Spaghettios Micros and think this would be great.  You know you don't want to spend all of your time in the kitchen when you could be doing other things - last minute Christmas shopping, decorating cookies, doing arts and crafts, watching movies, you get the point... Let Spaghettios Micros fill their bellies with yummy hot food while you fill the time making memories!   We all know Campbells is MMmm Mmmm  Good, let the kiddo's know it too!  (No judgement from me when you grab a portion for yourself.  I may or may not have enjoyed some myself recently!  
Spaghettios Micros comes in several different flavors:   
Original, Meat Sauce, Cheeseburger O's and even Sliced Franks!   

The best part of these portions?  They are snack sized, so no need to worry about them eating too much. The other bonus?  It comes in a throw away container with a peel off lid, no need to concern yourself with the metal lids!  This makes it perfect for them to "help" in the kitchen when it comes to lunch / snack time!  

A little about Spaghettios:
SpaghettiOs original flavor was launched in October of 1965, introducing the world’s first spoonable spaghetti to moms across America. Shortly after, the brand branched out to include sliced franks and meatballs mixed in with the circular pasta and tomato sauce recipe. By 1992, Campbell made the decision to expand beyond the classic circle “O”s for which the product was named and rolled out a series of shaped pasta SpaghettiOs including Where’s WaldOsTM. Today, various shaped SpaghettiOs are still found on shelves alongside the original SpaghettiOs flavor.

Looking for a Study Bible? #Giveaway

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I do not know about you, but I think Bibles are amazing gifts.  I have had several through the years and was so blessed when Marc gave me a beautiful one as a Mothers Day gift one year.  Last year, I took a Bible Study Lesson at church and while I know some of the Bible, there is much to learn... My mom gave me a Bible of hers, since it had lots of information that would be great to help me in my spiritual journey.  (Have I ever mentioned that I really do have an awesome mom?)

Well, my dear friend Rosey is hosting a review on a Beautiful NIV First Century Study Bible. I am adding her post after this, so that you may enter and win!   Good Luck to you all!

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Available at Zondervan

Not long ago, a close friend and I were talking about Bible interpretation, and how nice it would be to know what certain things meant, during the time frame they were written. Shortly thereafter, I received an e-mail asking if I would like to know more about the NIV First-Century Study Bible. Perfect timing, and a perfect solution!!

This Bible makes it easier to understand what you're reading, and it allows for a deeper understanding of what things meant, in context, at the time they were written.

I love the photographs throughout the NIV First-Century Study Bible.
It is incredible to see the culture, scenery, & customs come to life through pictures.

There are photographs in the NIV First-Century Study Bible that help the reader 'see' the culture, scenery, customs, etc. that they are also reading about. It really helps bring the stories to life, and makes for pleasant reading.

Because it is a study Bible, there are excellent references to help you find things,
like this table that shows where to locate the parables of Jesus.

Since it is a study Bible, you will find all kinds of helpful inserts throughout. There are many examples, and the one I used above shows a table of the Parables of Jesus. It is a helpful, fast way to locate them, all conveniently listed for you in one place.

The NIV First-Century Study Bible has maps!

There are also maps. They provide you with a nice reference point and a great visual. 

Words you  might not understand are explained.
One example can be seen in the Table of Weights and Measures shown here.

Words that you might not understand, such as those used to describe weights and measures, are explained in convenient tables that are easy to read, and understand.

The Concordance is one of many helpful features.

And of course, there are many thoughtfully designed features to help you get the most out of what you are reading (like the Concordance pictured above).


The General Editor is Kent Dobson

Here is what experts are saying in response to the NIV First-Century Study Bible:

“The NIV First-Century Study Bible is the most exhilarating and deeply moving work of accessible Biblical commentary and presentation that I have seen in years. Carefully constructed and beautifully presented, The First Century adds a depth and a rootedness to our Christian heritage that will both comfort and enliven the believing heart. I, for one, cannot even begin to express my gratitude for this body of work.”
-Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
“The NIV First-Century Study Bible is one of the finest publications available today. It deserves a Gold Medallion award for its academic excellence, practical application and beautiful presentation. Kent Dobson makes the biblical world come alive to today’s readers. He helps connect the New Testament to its Jewish roots in the Hebrew Scriptures, examines ancient interpretations and challenges his readers to dig deeper into the Word of God for themselves. Don’t miss this beautiful, helpful and insightful Study Bible. It will make the biblical world of the first-century speak to your heart in the twenty-first century.”
-Dr. Ed Hindson 
Dean & Distinguished Professor of Religion
School of Religion, Liberty University

The new NIV First Century Study Bible from Zondervan allows you to explore scripture through the eyes of a first-century disciple. It includes full-color photographs and illustrations, ancient life depictions, Greek and Hebrew word studies, Jewish and Christian interpretations, and current cultural background details, all which reveal that the Bible is a living book. Learn more at http://www.zondervan.com/more/top-bibles/niv-first-century-study-bibles

One lucky winner is going to get one to call their own. There is no guarantee it will arrive by Christmas, but the giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on 12/18 (so there is a possibility it might!). I'll run the Rafflecopter to randomly select the winner, as soon as the giveaway ends, and notify the winner by e-mail right away. If you are hoping to get it for gift giving, be sure to check your e-mail if you entered, the faster I get your info., the faster I can forward it to the sponsor. :)

Of course, you could purchase this too. It would make a lovely gift for the holiday. US entrants only. Good luck to all who enter.

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