See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey

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Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.

By completing the information on this page, you’re automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don’t miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!

Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

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“While My Child Is Away: My Prayers for When We Are Apart” by Edie Melson

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This book is divided into chapters based on the topics parents would like to pray for their children. In each chapter are several individual prayers that range from a variety of topics like traveling, college, etc.

Contents include:

-The Triumph of Love

-Making Good Choices

-Peace Beyond Measure

-True Self Confidence

-A Foundation of Faith

-A Core of Strength

-Companions Matter

-My God, My Defender

-Fully Present

The prayers cover a variety of age ranges for children so its perfect for any age. At the top of each section, there are scriptures or individual quotes which are also very nice.

I found this book inspirational and well written. I don’t “read” my prayers so I don’t intend to use the book in this matter, but I still found it very thought provoking and powerful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on social media-all opinions are my own.

About the Book
Parents and children are separated for many reasons: divorce, school, camp, even work. It might be for just a few days or indefinitely. These prayers give voice to all that you are hoping for your child when you can t be the one to meet their needs. Prayers of blessings, protection, instruction and grace. Or prayers for those around your child to choose wisely, see their needs, and love them as you would. Prayers for friends, teachers, coaches and mentors to step in and fill every need. Knowing that a loving Father God is caring for your child, even when you can t, gives you the peace and assurance that all will be well.

About the Author
Edie Melson is a sought after writing instructor, including serving as the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. She s the author of While My Soldier Serves, has published thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is the Senior Editor for Novel Rocket and the Social Media Mentor for My Book Therapy, as well as the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. Edie lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga by Sara J. Weis *book review & giveaway*

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Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life Through Yoga: A Creative Guide for Introducing Kids to Yoga Through Movement, Games, and Fun by Sara J. Weis

Did you know that September is National Yoga month?

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My son and I have been doing Yoga together for the last couple of years. He is 6 years old and really enjoys it! Kids are never too young to start.

The author of this book, Sara is in the same International Kids Yoga Day group that I am in, so I contacted her about reviewing her new book and doing a giveaway here on my blog. I love doing Yoga with my son and I wanted to share this book and the benefits of Yoga with all of you.

Top 8 Benefits of Yoga for Kids (per Go Go Yoga Kids)

1. Increases Flexibility and Strength

2. Improves Balance

3. Enhances Concentration and Focus

4. Practices Being Present and Mindful

5. Boosts Confidence

6. Promotes Health and Stress Management

7. Builds Positive Peer and Social Interactions

8. Sparks Creativity and Expression

I have found that Yoga has helped me personally with my balance and stress management. It also has helped my son with his flexibility, focus, balance and relaxing before bedtime. I like to lay his yoga mat on the floor, dim the lights, and go thru his yoga kid flashcards with him before bed.

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I found Go Go Yoga Kids book extremely helpful! It has chapters on how to plan a kids yoga class, yoga lessons, breathing, movement exercises, games, music, and challenges-just to name a view. There’s also a chapter about tween and teen yoga.

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This book will help me so much with doing Yoga with my two boys and leading my kids group for International Kids Yoga day next year.

There are 12 total chapters, which also include pictures and references. I enjoyed reading the preface and introduction to get to know the author Sara better. She is definitely qualified to write this book and I appreciate all the knowledge and expertise that she shared in her book.

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY below because I would love to share this book with one of you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on social media-all opinions are my own.

This is one of the many pictures I took last year when I lead my local No Excuse Mom and kid group on International Kids Yoga Day.
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About the book:
For anyone who enjoys kids and yoga and wants to make a positive difference in their lives, Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life through Yoga is the book for you. It is a complete and creative guide for introducing kids to yoga through movement, mindfulness, fun, and games.

By introducing kids to yoga they will learn lifelong skills that will help them physically and mentally throughout life. Yoga can easily be incorporated in the home, school, extracurricular activities, camps, and clubs—anywhere you find kids who are ready to learn and have fun!

Go Go Yoga Kids Includes:

· Over 100 fun and creative yoga games, activities, and challenges for all ages

· fifteen ready to use unique yoga lesson plans that will have kids engaged from the start

· Ways to bring mindfulness and awareness to all children

· Kid yoga photos and pose illustrations

· Easy ways to incorporate yoga in the school setting for all types of learners and abilities

· How to get your kids involved with yoga at home

· Tips on working with teens and tweens

· Partner poses, balance activities, group, and inversion teaching tips and ideas

· Sample parent communication ideas

· Examples of where and how to teach yoga for kids

· Books, music, and other fun resources to help kids learn about yoga.

This book details everything you need in an easy to follow, step-by-step format that will help you successfully teach yoga to kids of all ages. Go Go Yoga Kids is the only resource you will need to inspire children in a healthy and lifelong way.

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About the Author
SARA J. WEIS is a creative and passionate teacher that has inspired children for seventeen years. Through Go Go Yoga Kids: Empower Kids for Life through Yoga, she has combined her experience as an elementary and junior high teacher as well as a certified kid and adult yoga instructor to help introduce children to the lifelong benefits of yoga.

Sara holds a master’s degree in education as well as bachelor’s degrees in early childhood and elementary education. She has invested countless hours creating and leading yoga games, lessons, and movement ideas with thousands of kids. She knows which techniques work, and just as important, which don’t work. Sara feels strongly about having all of the ideas, strategies, and lessons in one place so that anyone who works with kids will be able to introduce yoga with confidence and success.

Sara leads kids yoga classes for a nationally known health and fitness club. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with her yogi children and her husband.

See GoGoYogaKids.com

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“Infected” by Gregg Luke *book review and giveaway*

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This is my first book that I’ve read from this author. The cover of the book grabbed my attention as well as the heading “Mother Nature: the world’s most innovative killer”….

“Infected” had a steady pace; and was thrilling, fascinating, and horrifying all at the same time.

Julia is an Australian scientist currently researching in the Venezuelan rain forests with her co worker. After his death she discovers something horrific about the organism her partner was researching. She calls in another associate to help her uncover the specifics about the fungus and how the infection was able to get into a human and spread.

I don’t understand very much about science and organisms and eco-terrorism; but I still enjoyed this book. I wouldn’t recommend reading it while eating or if you are squeamish about bodies and organisms because it is graphic at parts. There is alot of research and science that went into writing this book-very well written!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Covenant Communications in exchange for an honest review on my blog and social media-all opinions are my own.

About the Book

Mother Nature: the world’s most innovative killer.

Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate’s erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discovery: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim’s mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn’t be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.

Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia’s hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They’ve learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.

Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.

About the Author
Gregg R. Luke, RPh, spent the majority of his childhood and young adult life in Santa Barbara, California. He served an LDS mission in Wisconsin and currently practices pharmacy in Logan, Utah. He and his wife, Julie, have three children. His fictional novels include The Survivors, Do No Harm, Altered State, and Blink of an Eye, three of which were Whitney Award finalists. Gregg has traveled to mosquito endemic areas for research on this book. He has extensively studied parasitology and bloodborne diseases, including traveling to the Yucatan peninsula during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.

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“The Berenstain Bears Book of Prayers” board book by Mike Berenstain

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The recommended age for this 32 page board book is ages 2-5, but my 6 year old still enjoyed this book! It has a nice padded cover with thicker board book pages. Every 2-4 pages has a rhyming prayer for any occasion:

Rise and Shine

Joyful Praise

Thanks

Mealtimes

Help and Guidance

Comfort

Others

Forgiveness

Bedtime

The pictures are the traditional nice and bright Berenstain Bear pictures coordinated with each pages theme. Very cute book! We enjoyed reading it together.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on social media-all opinions are my own.

About the Book
A collection of prayers from the iconic Berenstain Bears brand for children ages two to five

This new prayer book for toddlers features Mama and Papa Bear, Brother, Sister, and Honey. Nearly 50 simple rhyming prayers cover a typical day and the typical worries of a young child. From waking in the morning to going to sleep at night, from thanking God for a meal to praying for His comfort when afraid, the prayers will help little ones see that any moment is a good moment to talk to God.

With its soft padded cover and convenient size, the book is the perfect way to teach children about prayer and the ways God cares for us each day.

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About the Author
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started writing about and drawing them too. Although Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike carries on his parents’ love of creating Berenstain Bear stories from an area that looks a lot like Bear Country, in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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