Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Eleventh - Episode Review

   A father who is trying to drown his grief in alcohol.  A daughter with more questions than answers.  A grandmother who is a mystery.  A deceased mother/wife who left behind letters that bring all the family back together again and force them to face up to the truth.   That's the summary of the first episode of The Eleventh.   It is an original show produced by Feeln.  Overall, it was a great episode.  The story was one that draws you in, and then leaves you hanging, waiting to see what will happen next.  It is full of very raw emotions.  Real emotions.  The family come across as very real.  
   With that being said, I give this a 5 star rating.  This first episode was very clean and family friendly.  Absolutely no cursing, including uses of God's name in vain.  So thank you Feeln for a great start to what looks to be a great, family friendly show.  
   To watch this episode, go to http://www.feeln.com/films/the_eleventh_s1e01?couid=GHMNorganic_052616_the11th_MarcusEvans
 Just for your information, here is a little bit about Feeln in their own words:     Feeln is the leading streaming service that brings you heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, anytime, anywhere. All movies are handpicked so you spend less time searching and more time with the stories you love. Feeln brings home the exclusive library of Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series, and award-winning originals you won’t find anywhere else.
    Hope yall enjoy!

God Bless,

Marcus

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mothers & Sons - book review

"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.* * Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."

   Mandy -  this time!  ;-)   I enjoyed the opportunity to read this book to review.   Mother & Son: The Respect Effect was written by Emerson Eggerichs.  I was familiar with Mr. Eggerichs popular book Love and Respect,(women need love, men need respect) so I was excited to read this one.
  "We all realize that little girls need their daddies' love, but no one is promoting the truth that little boys (and adult ones) need their moms' respect." (from jacket cover)  Mr. Eggerichs does a thorough job in defining the need for respect and through examples, gives practical ways of incorporating "Respect-Talk" into every day parenting and discipline.  He includes examples for both the younger age boys and older ones.
 I was very glad to have my own copy of this book because I was able to mark paragraphs, page numbers, etc... throughout the book to be able to reflect and review as I move through different ages and stages in my own son's life. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sins of the Past - Book Review

   Sins of the Past is a romantic suspense novella collection by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. I must admit, these are three of my favorite suspense writers.  They usually bring action, adventure, suspense, and a little romance all wrapped up in a story that ultimately glorifies God.
   So when I received this in the mail from Bethany House, I was excited.  Three shorter stories by three of my favorites.  Guess what?  I was awesome.  It was everything I hoped it would be.  There is nothing better than to sit down with a good book and just get lost in the story.  Unfortunately, I haven't had time to sit down and read for long lengths of time, but every time I was forced to lay this book down, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
   The three different stories are totally different than the others.  One is very unique in that it is set in the 70's.  All three are page turners.  All three are clean, profanity & sex free, reads.  So here's the deal, if you like suspense, I highly recommend this book.  Three stories in one book.  Each one shorter than a regular novel, but much longer than a short story.
   I did receive this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  In a world full of stories full of profanity and sexually explicit material, it is so refreshing that there are top of the line authors that still write good stories that are clean, fresh, and promote Biblical values.

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, May 9, 2016

The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells - Book Review

"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.* * Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."    
    Exciting!  Adventurous!  Funny!  All words to describe the new book by Brian Wells.  What makes it more amazing is that it's also Christian.  And it's backed by the several Christian Homeschool associations, and other Christian education associations.  So when I received this book, for pre-teen to teens, I was excited because it meant my kids would have a good quality adventure to read. 
   I allowed my 12 year old daughter to read it.  So for this review, I'm going to interview her.
What did you think about the front cover of this book?
   -I liked it. It made me want to read it.
Overall, how did you like the story?
   -I liked it very much because it was exciting, funny, and awesome.
Was it easy or hard to read?
   -Easy.
What was the basic storyline?
   -Bad agency broke into a museum where some kids were having a school sleepover. They were there to steal Abraham Lincoln's hat and gloves.  So Jake and his friends had to protect the museum.
Were there any twist in the storyline?
   -Yes, lots of them
Would read another one by this author?
   -Yes
   There you have it.  From the mouth of the ones it was written for.  A great book with actual historical facts.  Not only that, but it was actually written using the most common vocabulary words from these particular grades.  So this is more than just a story and an adventure, it's a history and English lesson, too. 
   Hope you enjoyed this review and that it was helpful! 

God Bless,

Marcus