Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MOVIE REVIEW: 10th Anniversary Edition of "Courageous" from the Kendrick Brothers - COURAGEOUS LEGACY

Ten years ago, the movie COURAGEOUS opened in theaters across the world. It was (and still is) a terrific movie, filled with heart-pounding action, laugh-out-loud humor, and powerful inspiration. It is especially geared to encourage fathers (and all men) to be men of integrity, but is a great movie for everyone in the family to see.

Now, ten years later, the Kendrick Brothers (creators of WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER) have brought us COURAGEOUS LEGACY, the remastered, special-edition release for a new generation. This updated version of the film includes an enhanced look and sound, along with new scenes and a new bonus ending. I feel the new ending was a great addition to this already impactful movie, and I think you will agree. So, gather your friends and family and get ready to head back to the theaters. 

You can see COURAGEOUS LEGACY in participating theaters, starting Friday, September 24th!

TRAILER


NOTE:  During the movie, there is talk of a "resolution" for Fathers that several of the characters decided to sign. You can download your own copy of the resolution here: RESOLUTION.

GIVEAWAY: Two (2) free tickets via FANDANGO to see COURAGEOUS LEGACY at a participating theater. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address, or on the post on our FACEBOOK PAGE, or send me a private E-MAIL with your contact information. Entries must be received by Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. A random drawing will be held and the winner will be contacted. You will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. USA residents only. 

WINNER:  Chickie B.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Sony Pictures for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.


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Friday, September 17, 2021

DEVOTIONAL REVIEW: "Roar Like A Lion" by Levi Lusko (for ages 6-10)

 

If my kids were still young, I would highly consider reading Roar Like A Lion with them. I probably would have used it for morning devotions before starting our school sessions, or maybe my husband would have led us in discussion at the dinner table. Either way, this 90-day devotional would have been a great addition to our library. It is geared for ages 6-10, so older kids/experienced readers could read it on their own, while less experienced readers can enjoy some one-on-one time with a grown-up, or the entire family can benefit with some read-aloud family devotion time. The lessons are good for all ages to learn from, but specifically cover topics for kids such as:    
  • Facing fears about school and friendships
  • Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
  • Handling new challenges, disappointments, and grief
  • Having courage to try something new 
  • Understanding how we each fit into God's great story
As I read through some of the devotionals I noticed the colorful illustrations, and I like the way each two-page devotional is laid out. Each devotional includes a relevant Bible verse, an easy-to-understand devotional, and then a short focused prayer. As an added bonus, each devotional also includes a short section of either a "Did You Know" fact, or a "Get Ready to Roar" call to action; and, for an extra fun activity, kids can go through the book looking for anchors that are hidden in some of the illustrations. How many can you find? I challenge you to find out...



GIVEAWAY: One (1) physical copy of Roar Like A Lion devotional.To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address, or on the post on our FACEBOOK PAGE, or send me a private E-MAIL with your contact information. Entries must be received by Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. A random drawing will be held and the winner will be contacted. You will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. USA residents only.

WINNER:  Linda T.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

FILM REVIEW: Show Me the Father (Kendrick Brothers)

 

This film is not like the other movies made by the Kendrick Brothers. If you go to the theater expecting to be entertained by a heartwarming story like "Facing the Giants," or "Courageous," this is not going to be like that. It is the Kendrick brothers first documentary film, a compilation of various "father stories" shared by men of faith such as Jim Daly (Focus on the Family), Sherman Smith, Stephen Kendrick, and Dr. Tony Evans. Since it is a documentary, it may not be as engaging as the other movies have been, and younger children will most likely have no interest in it. But for teens and older, it is a good, inspiring film that highlights the fatherhood of God.

Everyone has a unique "father story." Some of us have wonderful, positive memories of our fathers, some have abusive and/or painful memories, some have no recollection of a father at all. No matter what your "father story" is, we are all given the opportunity to lean into the goodness of God, our Heavenly Father, and receive the love and attention only a good father can give. 

SHOW ME THE FATHER invites you to think differently about how YOU view your earthly father, and also how you personally relate to God. 

TRAILER:

Get your tickets today at SHOW ME THE FATHER MOVIE . It will be showing in theaters beginning September 10th!

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GIVEAWAY: Two (2) free tickets via FANDANGO to see SHOW ME THE FATHER at a participating theater on opening weekend. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address, or on the post on our FACEBOOK PAGE, or send me a private E-MAIL with your contact information. Entries must be received by Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. A random drawing will be held and the winner will be contacted. You will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. USA residents only. 

WINNER:  Karen H. 

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Sony Pictures for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

MOVIE REVIEW: When We Last Spoke

 
My family and I recently watched an award-winning movie, When We Last Spoke, based on a book by Marci Henna. The movie stars Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie), Cloris Leachman, and Corbin Bernsen - all great actors.

When We Last Spoke tells the story of two young sisters who are abandoned and raised by their grandparents. It is a heartwarming, and sometimes humorous, story that kept my interest and had a good message of forgiveness. Be sure to watch the lower left corner to see when the time period changes, as it jumps back and forth between 1967 and 1996. 

If you enjoy heartwarming, family-oriented films, don’t miss this one. You can watch it on AMAZON PRIME or visit the When We Last Spoke WEBSITE to find the other ways of viewing it on various streaming platforms or DVD.

Disclosure: Many thanks to "Last Spoke Partners" for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS of "He Holds My Right Hand"

Sunflower Fields at Sam Parr State Park

If you signed up to receive e-mail notifications for new HE HOLDS MY RIGHT HAND blog posts, there is a good chance you are no longer receiving them. 

As of July 1, 2021, the Blogspot platform (i.e. Blogger) stated that maybe some people would continue to receive notifications, but their explanations were rather sketchy.

I tried to transfer your e-mail subscriptions over to the MAILCHIMP platform, but was not successful at that. At some point, I may hire someone to do that for me; but, until then, if you wish to see new posts, here are some current options:

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I’m sorry if this brings any inconvenience. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

REVIEW: Gary LeVox's Debut Solo Album ONE ON ONE

If you listened to Country-Pop music at all over the past 20 years, you have probably heard a group called RASCAL FLATTS singing songs like "Prayin' for Daylight," "God Bless the Broken Road," and "Life is a Highway." I know I have heard them, and have enjoyed listening to many of their hits. But, the exciting news is that the lead singer and co-founder of this influential group, GARY LEVOX, has recently gone solo with his debut faith-based album ONE ON ONE

Over the years, Gary has always been open about his faith on and off the stage. He has touched many fans through his music, and also with his compassion. In this season of his life, he is taking the opportunity to bring even more encouragement to his listeners at a time when hope seems to be lost for many. Gary says this about the original song, THE DISTANCE (which was the first song written for this new solo EP):   

With the struggles and battles so many have gone through this past year and how they’ve taken over people’s everyday lives, it [The Distance] just felt like the true song of hope we need... With this song, the message we wanted to share is that our hope is not lost – it’s found on the cross; and with God, we can go the distance. Don’t ever give up.

ONE ON ONE released on May 21st from Big Machine Records. It also features other musical talents such as MercyMe, Breland, and Gary's daughter, Brittany LeVox. I have been listening to all of the songs and have noticed a mix of upbeat and catchy tunes, as well as some that are slow and meaningful. They are all good. 

You can stream the songs on You Tube, Spotify, Amazon MusicPandora, and other platforms, or use these BUY LINKS to purchase the digital EP album. One dollar of every purchase goes to fight human trafficking through the Tim Tebow Foundation. Enjoy listening!

GIVEAWAY NOTICE:  If you would like to win a signed poster by Gary LeVox, leave a comment  by Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. I'll randomly draw a winner from the entries. Only for USA residents please. 

WINNER:  Rhonda J.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Capitol Christian Music Group for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

UPDATE for HHMRH Email Subscibers

Dear Readers of HE HOLDS MY RIGHT HAND,

If you are currently signed up to receive email updates from this blog, I want to inform you of a change... 

Previously, you had signed up using a subscription service from FEEDBURNER. Beginning in July, this service is being discontinued. So, I have begun the process of migrating your subscriptions over to MAILCHIMP instead. 

In the process of this transition, please bear with me if you receive more than one email, or if the emails don't make any sense. I am learning how to use this new subscription service. 

As always, thank you for reading.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

GET A FREE TRIAL of VOOKS: Storybooks Brought to Life

Videos + Books = VOOKS

VOOKS is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe, animated storybooks brought to life to help encourage the love of reading in children ages 2-8 (or those in that developmental age range). 

I always loved reading Curious George books when I was young, and also read them to my own kids. In fact, you might still find a few sitting on one of our bookshelves, and you might still find me taking a peek at one every now and then. (Heh heh). So, naturally, I chose a Curious George book for my first Vooks book to read/watch. 

When the narrator reads the story, each word is highlighted as it is being read, so the reader can follow along. At the same time, the images are brought to life with animated movements and with sounds. It's a whole new way to read and learn, and it's fun! 

I also enjoyed reading/watching "Gossie and Gertie," and "Who Said Moo!" and I'm sure I'll look at several more along with my adult, special needs daughter. She loves going to the library a couple times per month and choosing books like these to read, so I think she will enjoy this website. I will introduce it to her soon. 

When you sign up for a subscription, you will also find downloadable lesson plans for these books.The plans include activity ideas related to each book, vocabulary words, discussion questions, fact sheets to help aid in teaching/discussion, and several worksheet options. What a great resource to have available for teachers and involved parents! 

An example of one of the activities for "Curious George Says Thankyou."

Try Vooks for yourself by enrolling FREE

for 30 DAYS!

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Then, if you decide to continue with your subscription, the cost is $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year. 

FYI:  I did not see any faith-based books. However, there are many fun, family-oriented and educational books to choose from. Check it out FREE today! You have nothing to lose! 


Disclosure: Many thanks to Vooks for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

FILM REVIEW: My Brother's Keeper

 

ABOUT THE FILM:
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER is an intense, yet hope-filled, Christian film that shows the reality of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how it can affect returning war veterans. It features T.C. Stallings (War Room), Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show), Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey), and Robert Ri’chard (One on One).

MY THOUGHTS:
The story-line was decent and kept my interest. The acting was good also - not a "B" movie. It gave a good presentation of how faith in God can help us through our difficulties, specifically PTSD. Faith in God does not make the PTSD go away, but it gives us hope and can provide healing to our souls.

The film also shows how some people, including Christians, can get confused about God's love. They think God doesn't love them, or care about them, because He doesn't stop "bad things" from happening to them. In the film, the main character was ready to end his life because he had the wrong impression about God's love. But, God doesn't always give us what we want in life. He doesn't keep "bad things" from happening to good people. What He does do is provide Salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and gives hope where there is no hope. That is the greatest love there is! He also gives strength in our difficult days, and promises to never leave us alone. 

THINGS TO NOTE: (1) Salvation was explained with what appeared to be a Baptismal Regeneration view. (2) The film includes guns, shootings (during combat, and also during a drive-by shooting), a suicidal attempt with a gun, and intense yelling scenes. (3) The shooting scenes are not graphic, but could be a bit too intense for younger children. 


Go see MY BROTHER’S KEEPER when it comes out in theaters on March 19th, or find a church that is hosting it. You can host the film at your church through the FAITH CONTENT NETWORK.


GIVEAWAY:
One winner via random drawing will receive a digital link to view this film. If you are subscribed to this blog through e-mail or Facebook, you will automatically receive one entry in the drawing. For an additional entry (whether subscribed or not), leave a comment by Saturday, March 20th, 6:00 p.m. Central Time. If your name is selected, I will contact you through e-mail and/or Messenger, and you will have 24 hours to respond before I select a different name. (You must live in North America). NOTE: Since this is a theatrical release, the digital code will not be available until the film is released on home entertainment.

WINNER:  Jeremy H.

CONTEST OPPORTUNITY:

Enter to win 1 of 20 "The Greatest Warrior" Bibles, as well as a grand prize Zoom call with the lead actors in the film: T.C. Stallins, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Robert Ri'chard! Enter here:  WARRIOR BIBLE


DISCLOSURE:
Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

FILM REVIEW: Church People

ABOUT THE FILM:
CHURCH PEOPLE is a nutty (in a good way) Christian comedy, paired with the underlying message of the power of the Gospel, and rediscovering your passion for Christ. It features Christian comedian Thor Ramsey, Stephen Baldwin, Donald Faison, and Joey Fatone.

Weary from the showiness and materialism that has overtaken his ministry efforts, Guy (Ramsey) goes on a journey to get back in touch with the heart of ministry and be a real role model to his youth group kids. He makes the difficult decision to cut short his speaking tour managed by his money-focused agent (Faison) after realizing his reputation had become more fame-based than Gospel-driven.

When Guy returns to regular youth ministry, he is asked to take part in a strange and potentially blasphemous stunt for the upcoming Easter service. Amid the somewhat chaotic life of managing his youth group, navigating an unexpected love interest, and being a new father to his grown daughter, Guy ultimately puts on a powerful presentation, sharing why we all need to put our hope in Jesus and not in ourselves. 


MY THOUGHTS:
The film was surprisingly good. The humor and plot kept my interest, so I wanted to see it through to the end; and the end was the most meaningful part. It is geared towards the church (the true church - the people) and includes an important message about how "gimmicks" do not give the Gospel more substance. Safe and good for families to watch together. 

Watch CHURCH PEOPLE in a theater or church near you, starting March 13th

For interested churches, you can also host the film at your church through the FAITH CONTENT NETWORK.


GIVEAWAY:  One winner via random drawing will receive a digital link to view this film. If you are subscribed to this blog through e-mail or Facebook, you will automatically receive one entry in the drawing. For an additional entry (whether subscribed or not), leave a comment by Saturday, March 13th, 6:00 p.m. Central Time. If your name is selected, I will contact you through e-mail and/or Messenger, and you will have 24 hours to respond before I select a different name. (You must live in North America).

WINNER:  Linda F.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. 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.

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