Thursday, November 26, 2015

FREE Giveaway & review of Chris Tomlin's Christmas CD "Adore" #Adore #FlyBy

about the album....

This new Christmas album released on October 23, 2015.  It features classic Christmas songs with a mix of original Christmas songs.  There are special guest performances from Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, Crowder, and more on this album.   


1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
2. Adore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle 
5. Hymn Of Joy 
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty 
7. What Child Is This? featuring Sons & Daughters 
8. It's Christmas
9. A King Like This
10. Bethlehem
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters 

my review....

It would be pretty difficult for anyone to argue with the fact that Chris Tomlin is one of the most prolific worship artists of our day and age, consistently offering up worship songs and albums that not only bring glory to God but are utterly singable at the same time. His latest release, "Adore", is a wonderful compilation of Christmas songs that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit, and turn your heart towards the true meaning of Christmas.

Since the CD arrived on our doorstep, our family has been enjoying praising along to brand new songs like "He Shall Reign Forevermore", or "Adore". My kids and I have especially liked rocking along to "It's Christmas", a fun arrangement that combines "Away in a Manger" and "Go Tell it On the Mountain" with some original lyrics, all wrapped around a tune that instantly had us snapping our fingers and dancing around the house. Probably one of my favourite songs is the simple lyrics of "A Christmas Alleluia" which I have played so many times at the loudest setting my stereo will go to that my family is probably getting sick of hearing it! Each song on the album is unique and different, and I love the combination of different voices and harmonies that are expressed in the songs. But I think what I most like about this album is that all of the lyrics have such rich meaning and capture the beauty and awe and joy of what Jesus did by coming to Earth to save us.

Listeners who typically enjoy albums from Chris Tomlin are going to definitely want to pick up a copy of "Adore". I award Tomlin's latest album a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 about the musician....
Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records.  Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", "Our God", and "Whom Shall I Fear".  His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No.1.  Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them.  


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Julie Klassen’s ‘The Painter’s Daughter’ Coloring Contest

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Grab your colored pencils because Julie Klassen is hosting a coloring contest! Stop by the contest page to download and print The Painter's Daughter coloring page and channel your inner artist. One master colorist will receive a signed copy of The Painter’s Daughter, two grown-up coloring books (Enchanting English Garden and Live Loved), and a set of 24 Prismacolor colored pencils.

Scan and email your entry to Amy Green with the subject line “The Painter’s Daughter Coloring Contest” to enter the first round of judging by December 8. Then stop by Julie's Facebook page beginning December 10 to vote for your favorite (and tell your friends to vote, too)! The winner will be announced at Julie's Facebook event on December 15 at 7 p.m. CST. Ready? Set. Color!

Free song! "Angels from the Realms of Glory" by Paul Baloche

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Perhaps her best book yet: "DownFallen" by R. J. Larson


about the book....

He is a nobleman, a murderer, and a traitor, with no hope of redemption … Until he joins the fight to save a royal dynasty. 

Corban Thaenfall of Siphra is a fugitive from justice, separated by his own crimes from the woman he loves. Desperate to find peace for his warring soul, he resolves to make amends. But when he impulsively joins a fight to protect a family from mercenaries, Corban realizes that he risks his life and the chance to beg forgiveness for his crimes. 

Matteo of Arimna longs to repay his enemies for the massacre that nearly destroyed his family and Darzeq’s royal dynasty. But with the realm of Darzeq in chaos and all loyalties suspected, he and his cousin, Anji, must depend upon a renegade nobleman to help them reach safety. 

As they struggle to find peace, will they escape the Infinite? 

my review....

Filled with action-packed scenes and characters you will absolutely love, "DownFallen" is another tremendous book from the talented pen of R. J. Larson. I simply couldn't put this one down after I got sucked into the story (in the very first chapter!), as I had to find out the fate of Matteo after his family was tragically massacred, a sad testimony to the depths of human depravity in the quest for power. The pacing was spot on as I raced from scene to scene, and I greatly enjoyed Corban's role in the story, as he is hunted by the Infinite and is used in miraculous ways that could only be explained by the arrival of a power from outside of himself. I loved watching his journey to a place of belief, a theme many readers will resonate with, as we can all struggle with doubt and with believing that God exists and wants to use us to carry out his grand plans for the world. Matteo's quest to overthrow his grandmother from her stolen place of power provides a classic story of good versus evil, and I enjoyed every bit of that struggle, right up to the oh so satisfying (and bitter-sweet) conclusion to the story. As a male reader, I found the battle scenes particularly enjoyable and well-written. DownFallen truly has it all - heroes and heroines worth cheering for, romance done with just the right touch, and great dialogue that ties everything together. My only regret with the story is that it had to end!

I almost feel guilty for stating that DownFallen may just be my favourite Larson book yet, because I simply loved Ela from Larson's book, "Prophet". Maybe rather than choosing which one I like best, I will just encourage you to get your hands on a copy of "DownFallen" yourself. I guarantee you will enjoy it! I award "DownFallen" 5 out of 5 stars.
An ebook copy of this book was provided for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

R. J. Larson

R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals and is suspected of eating chocolate and potato chips for lunch while writing. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two sons. The Books of the Infinite series marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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