Enter to Win Hillsong Kids’ “Can You Believe It?” DVD! (Review & Giveaway-Ends 11/21/18)

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Hello friends!  I have a neat giveaway for you today that you will love if you have kids, work with kids, or enjoy Hillsong and their worship songs.  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions provided a free copy of Hillsong Kids’ new worship DVD for kiddos to review…as well as one DVD to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader!  Read on for more about this fantastic worship DVD for kids and families.

 

 

What is Hillsong Kids’ “Can You Believe It?” DVD?

It’s a great combination of Hillsong Kids worship songs, combined in both music videos and studio recordings, along with some fun extras.

In our family, we’ve been fans for years of kids’ worship DVDs.  We own a number of them and we’ve used them in family worship, for singing along, and for just playing enjoy in our home.  And, we adore Hillsong worship music.  So, when I heard about this Hillsong Kids DVD, I was definitely interested; it seemed just like something we’d use and love!  And, I was right.  This DVD includes music videos starring kids with fun narratives and dance, as well as studio versions of 14 songs.  It also has a fun You-Tube-ish video interview called “Funny Man Dan presents “Can You Believe It?”” which introduces kids to the purposes for the DVD and worship songs as well as some of the singers/worship leaders from the songs.  There are also Lyric Videos which have the words to each song (great for learning them!)

 

 

Songs include:

Some you probably know (like “What a Beautiful Name”) and others that you might not be familiar with yet, but will love, like:

  • “I Give You My Hallelujah”
  • “Ask Seek Knock”
  • “This Is Living”
  • “My Best Friend”
  • “As the World Shakes”
  • “You Know Me”
  • and 7 more

There is a sweet song led by a 16-year-old female worship leader called “Little Life” that I loved.  Here are some lyrics from it:

“My little hands together pray to You
My little feet together follow You
I lift my eyes and look to You
And my heart will love You”

We also loved the cheerful and upbeat “I Give You My Hallelujah”:

“You’re doing a new thing
Making my heart sing
Bringing colour to this brand new day

It’s never been clearer
You draw me nearer
You’re always with me and You’re here right now”

And another wonderful one, “You Know Me”:

“All Your thoughts about me, Oh God
Outnumber the sand
Outnumber the sand
You know me inside out
Outside in”

 

And, lots of other fantastic songs.  You may not only want to sing along or listen; “Can You Believe It?” may just make you want to dance!

 

 

What we thought

We listened to and watched this DVD in several ways.  We used it in family worship one Sunday morning when we were ill and not able to attend church.  I also have listened to it/watched it on my DVD with earbuds when my family was working on other things.  I was not surprised to find it a fantastic worship experience!

I found this music just so uplifting and worshipful; songs that remind us and establish us in the truths of God’s love for us and how He is always with us; that we are always walking with Him.  We enjoyed both the joyful and exuberant music videos (starring kids) and the studio versions of the songs, which feature both a kids’ ensemble and teen/adult worship leaders and musicians.  I think that kids, tweens and teens will be encouraged to see young people involved in leading worship.

We only found one drawback to the DVD which is more a technical issue than anything with the content.  In our other kids’ worship DVDs, you can just play all the worship videos in a loop.  For some reason, you have to hit “Play” on each and every song in this DVD.  Still, it’s worth it; just know that you just can’t set it to play and let it go.

In addition, kids will love seeing other kids starring in the music videos!

 

Who would enjoy “Can You Believe It?”

Families with small children or tweens especially.  Children’s Sunday school ministries.  Anyone with little ones who either loves Hillsong music or loves to have great worship music going in their homes!

 

More about Hillsong…

Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in
both the home and in the church. For this reason they seek to partner with
parents (the greatest teachers of all!) and with church pastors and leaders,
equipping them with great resources. Through fun experiences, meaningful
music and ministry that encourages kids to participate, Hillsong Kids presents
Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children
will never forget.

Buy link for “Can You Believe It?”

 

Now–your chance to win!

I have one copy of Hillsong Kids’ “Can You Believe It?” DVD to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader!  Just click on the “Enter Here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway closes 11/21/18 and winner will be selected and contacted following that.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Win Chris Tomlin’s new CD “Holy Roar”! Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

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CONGRATULATIONS to winner Gracie M! Gracie will receive the Holy Roar CD.  Thanks to everyone for entering!

Hello friends!

I have a fantastic new giveaway and review to share with you!  Propeller/FlyBy Promotions sent me a free CD to check out…and they’re providing another one for one special FINCHNWREN reader to win!  This time, it’s worship leader Chris Tomlin’s newest, Holy Roar.  Read on for more!

We have loved Chris Tomlin’s worship music for years.  In fact, you’re probably familiar with a lot of them!  Like “How Great Is Our God,” “Here I Am to Worship,” “I Will Rise,” “God of Wonders,” “Holy is the Lord,” “Everlasting God.”  Or one of my personal faves, “Famous One.”  (I LOVE that!)  Chris has always penned and recorded songs which help listeners focus on God’s incredible qualities while enabling them to enter into a place of worship.

What you’ll find in Tomlin’s newest, Holy Roar

Holy Roar contains 12 new songs performed by Chris (or, in two occasions, with other artists).  The album as a whole reflects the songwriting and performance styles we’ve come to associate with this worship leader.  You’d definitely recognize this as a Chris Tomlin album.  The songs include:

  • the title track “Holy Roar”
  • “Satisfied”
  • “Goodness, Love and Mercy”
  • “Is He Worthy?
  • “Praise is the Highway”
  • and more

The focus of this album is very much upon God and His goodness.  This time, however, I see a lot that centers on our personal experiences with God and how God interacts with us, as a loving Father and Savior to His own children.  God is not that heavenly clockmaker (as the early Deists would have described him) who winds up the universe, steps back, and lets it run down without any more interaction from Him.  No, He creates, He intervenes, He expresses, He loves us both corporately but also individually.

 

Some of my favorites…

I enjoyed the entire album, for sure.  But some of the songs in particular grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go.  Like “Nobody Loves Me Like You,” which says:

Morning, I see You in the sunrise every morning
It’s like a picture that You’ve painted for me
A love letter in the sky
Story, I could’ve had a really different story
But you came down from Heaven to restore me
Forever saved my life

Or, the incredible words of “Is He Worthy?”:

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave…
Is He worthy of this? He is

I also love “Praise is the Highway”:

The rocks will cry out
The oceans will roar
The mountains will bow to the name of the Lord
He is our God, He will be praised

 

In conclusion

Holy Roar is another fantastic CD for anyone to add to a personal worship collection.  This album will encourage you, help you to quiet your soul, and enter into a beautiful time of worship.  Check it out!  Or…enter to win a copy!

And the giveaway!

I have one copy of Holy Roar to give away to one winner!  To enter, simply click on the pink “Enter Here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway  Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway will close 11/5/18.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

How to purchase:

Visit this link to purchase your own copy (if you’re not the winner!): https://christomlin.lnk.to/HolyRoarQW

 

 

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

My First Foray into Knitting

I have to tell y’all, I have been wanting to learn how to knit for a LONG time.

 

 

But, when I checked books out from the library on knitting it was like reading a foreign language.  What on earth did K16tbl, P4, K6fbf mean?  So, back to the library those went.

I was thrilled when our homeschool coop offered a class (for adults and high schoolers) on knitting.  Finally!  We’re using the cute book above which has devotionals as well as knitting projects.  Each pattern demonstrates God’s love for us in some way so it’s encouraging for the spirit to do even as something beautiful is being made with the hands.  There are 12 patterns making one square each.  At the end, we’ll sew the squares together and make a lap blanket.  I am loving the class and loving knitting at home in the evenings!

 

At first it was HARD.  I had the most difficult time keeping things straight in my mind.  Even casting on!  You can see from my first square above.  Yes, it sort of looks like a messy parallelogram.  Things started straightening out at the end.  But it’s kind of a mess.  (But it’s my mess! :))

I kept going though.  And I did a LOT of unraveling and starting over.  Interestingly, though, at about the 6-week point (exactly when this happens when I’m learning a foreign language), everything clicked.  And made sense.  And then things became much less frustrating and more enjoyable.  Not that I’m not still unraveling and fixing errors here and there.  But things are much more in a flow now.

Here are some of my squares.  First, the Basketweave and Seeds stitches:

 

The Path stitch:

 

And Pearls, a knit/purl combo:

 

I just love my new hobby.  It is relaxing, fun, and enjoyable.  I like working with my hands and I like that there is a neat finished product when I’m done.  (Or there will be!  Now, there are just squares.)

 

What kinds of hobbies are fun for you?

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Intentional Bites Planner from MyFreezEasy ~ My New Love! (And Review)

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Hello friends!

If you’ve read the FINCHNWREN blog for awhile, you know how my family and I just adore MyFreezEasy. I love their freezer meal planning system and recipes; in fact, those help my family eat healthily while they keep me from freaking out at the last minute every weeknight because I’m exhausted or I don’t know what to cook.

Now, Erin Chase, the MyFreezEasy creator, has developed an amazing new tool to help us track, design, and determine the eating and healthy living plan that we need.  It’s called the Intentional Bites Planner, and MyFreezEasy kindly sent me my very own copy (free!) to try out and review for you.  Better yet, it launches today!  And I have a code for a $10 discount for you that I’ll share at the end of this post!

 

 

What is the Intentional Bites Planner?

Erin Chase is a master at planning meals, getting the most for her grocery buck, and (of course) freezer meal planning.  However, she noticed in her own life that she felt better when she ate certain foods and not as well, when she ate others.  She thought, how could she begin to track those foods that helped her as well as eliminate those that did not?  Out of that experience, Erin developed the Intentional Bites Planner.  It is designed around these steps:

  • Deciding on your own eating plan
  • Keeping a journal and meal plans
  • Making movement a priority
  • Tracking for best results

All of these steps have the goals of enabling you to feel better, look better, and be better.

 

How I used the Intentional Bites Planner

The Intentional Bites Planner is divided into 3 sections; My Intentional Bites, My Food Journal, and My Meal Plans.  In the first section, I did a personal assessment.  (Which sounds overwhelming but wasn’t, at all.)  I recorded things like how I wanted to feel, or meals that were my favorites.  Then I wrote ideas for meals at home that I could plan ahead of time.  (It was a longer list than I thought it would be!)  There were also sections for hydration, supplements/vitamins/meds, and exercise.  (Don’t even ask me how this happened but once the homeschool year started I’ve hardly done ANY exercise!  Ack.)

 

 

Section 2, My Food Journal, gave me a place to record my food and drink intake each day.  Now, THAT was truly eye-opening.  I really thought I was doing a LOT better on food and daily hydration than I actually was.  I start out well.  I drink 16 oz. of water every morning when I get up.  Then I have a cup of coffee.  And I often eat fresh spinach and eggs for breakfast.  (I know that may sound gross to you…but I try to get a certain amount of fiber in each day and a breakfast salad really helps me on my way.)

But, the longer the day goes on and the more tired I become, the more I may depend on a Dr Pepper or as much coffee as I can stuff into my body.  Wow.  I sort of knew that…but seeing it in black and white on a page was pretty eye-opening.  However, each page is pretty encouraging at the same time because you can also list how you actually WANT to eat and drink.  And, how you feel as a result.

Section 3 provides shopping list/meal plans, and weekly meal planners.  I loved those!  I haven’t had a calendar page before which gives me space to write out every meal I’m planning for the week.  That was the best visual image plus it also helped me to not have the same kind of meal or the same kind of protein every single night.

 

What I think about this planner

I have to admit this to you.  I LOVE planners.  Lesson planners, personal planners, school planners.  I love them all.  So, it wasn’t a huge leap to think that I would love the Intentional Bites Planner as well.  And, I did!  It is well made and sturdy.  The pages are nicely printed, the spiral works beautifully, and the whole thing is just gorgeous.

But it is so much more than a pretty package.  I think that we all imagine or know that we could eat better, or plan our days and meals more effectively.  However, actually making that happen can feel horribly overwhelming.  And even though I really enjoy to-do lists and planning, I never really got past weekly meal planning or freezer cooking.  And when life got crazy or my schedule got too full, it was way too easy to just default to takeout or fast food.  I was really missing the consistency portion of choosing the foods that were best for me and my family…and then making those meals happen.

The tools in the Intentional Bites Planner have really helped me to stop, take a serious look at my schedule and my days, and then begin to make choices and plans to help me and my family.  When I first heard about this planner, I wasn’t really sure that it was a tool that I needed because I think I choose good foods overall; and I’m not needing to eliminate certain types of foods or pursuing a diet per se.  However, what I needed most was what this planner provides; a tool to help me consider my eating and scheduling choices, to think through my life (and the margin I so often have lacked in the past) and to create a plan that will help us pursue health.  What an incredible gift.

I do, happily, recommend the Intentional Bites Planner to you.  It is a fantastic, non-overwhelming tool for anyone who wants to develop a healthy life and a healthful eating and exercise plan.  And, it is fun to use!  And, I believe, over time it will enable us to build the habits and tools we desperately need or want to live well.  And, for those of us who have children, it will help us model these things for our kids as well.

 

 

How to order your own Intentional Bites Planner

Just click through on this link for Intentional Bites Planner.  That will take you to the website where you can purchase your very own copy.  And, if you use the launch code IBP10, you will get $10 off your copy!

Do check this out.  I truly believe it can be a life-changing tool for most (if not all) of us.

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

DISCLOSURE:

In accordance with FTC regulations, we are providing this Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in our posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we may receive an affiliate commission, which will never cost you anything. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

 

 

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible (for kids) ~ Review and Giveaway (Ends 9/28/18)

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Hi friends!  Are you interested in great devotional Bibles and Bible stories to share with your children and family?  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions sent me a free copy of Zonderkidz’ new The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible to use and review.  And, I’ll be giving away another copy to one reader at the end of this post!

 

 

About The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

Written by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and gorgeously illustrated by Fernando Juarez, this colorful book of Bible stories based on Scriptures includes verses and accounts from both the New and Old Testaments.  In total, there are 40 different Bible stories!  Each one starts with a verse that describes what God or the Holy Spirit are doing, and the biblical reference for the story.  Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in this book, first from the Old Testament:

  • The Spirit Makes All Things New Again
  • The Spirit’s Gift to Joseph
  • The Spirit Inspires Bezalel
  • The Spirit Prepares Others to Help Moses
  • The Spirit Changes Saul into a Leader
  • God’s Spirit Speaks Through David

And, from the New Testament, you’ll find:

  • Simeon Sees Through the Eyes of the Spirit
  • The Spirit Comes Like a Dove
  • Jesus Makes a Promise
  • The Spirit Takes Philip Away
  • The Holy Spirit Fills Saul
  • The Fruit of the Spirit
  • and tons more!

This hardback book is sturdy and the illustrations and pages inside are very glossy and eye-catching.

 

What I thought about The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

First, I love the illustrations.  They are gorgeous, colorful, full of life and fun.  They really bring the Bible stories and characters to life in an exciting and interesting way; for adults as well as children.  I really enjoy Fernando Juarez’s art.

I really liked the Bible stories the author chose to use.  We’re familiar, of course, with Adam and Eve or Joseph and his dreams.  But what about Simeon?  Jahaziel?  Ezekiel?  Zechariah the priest?  Or Philip, in the book of Acts?  These are fantastic people whose interactions with God our children might not know about, and they are great additions to this illustrated story Bible.

 

 

The stories are bite-sized and don’t contain a lot of text (although the important factors are mentioned) so they would be great for reading aloud to little children, or for devotional times with the whole family before bed (or at any other time).  It would also be a fantastic addition to a children’s Sunday school class.

I like that the book is about the Holy Spirit and His interaction with people throughout human history (well, at least, biblical history).  We learn a lot over the courses of our Christian lives about God and Jesus.  But the Holy Spirit is often the less-seen, unnamed person of the Trinity who is still active and at work.  It is a great reminder that God is at work; and that the Holy Spirit has an important purpose!

 

How to enter to win The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible for yourself!

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll find a variety of ways to enter.  Giveaway closes on 9/28/18, and one winner will be selected.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

Review & Giveaway ~ UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION (ends 9/22/18)

Hello, friends!

I have an opportunity to share our thoughts with you about the new movie about Louis Zamperini.  It’s called   Unbroken: Path to Redemption, opening in theaters September 14, 2018.  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions offered us the opportunity for a private, in-home screening of the film just ahead of its theater openings.  And in addition, I have two Fandango movie tickets (codes) for one winner to be blessed with, so he or she can also see this amazing movie!!  (Just know the Fandango codes will expire by October 14, 2018 or when Unbroken: Path to Redemption leaves the theater, whichever happens first. So if you’re the winner, use them by then!)

 

 

 

Who was Louis Zamperini?

Like me, you might have read Laura Hillenbrand’s remarkable book, Unbroken, about the life and wartime experiences of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and WWII veteran.  Zamperini survived 47 days in a lifeboat in the Pacific ocean after his plane was shot down.  Then, when they were finally rescued, they were taken to a Japanese prison camp where he was a prisoner of war for several years.  He finally was able to return to the U.S., where he met and married his wife (of 54 years), Cynthia.  Trouble had come in the form of serious post-traumatic stress as a result of his days on the lifeboat (enduring sharks, no food, little water) and the regular abuse of the guards and officials at the prison camps.  Upon his return home, Louis had trouble finding a job and dealt with the nightmares and terrors he was reliving from his wartime experiences by heavy drinking.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption picks up after Louis returns to his family in California, before he meets his wife, and it’s the story of the depths to which he falls before he is eventually rescued.  My husband and I watched it together; I’d recommend it for audiences of at least high school age, just because of the terrors and struggles Louis endures, and the heavy drinking he embarks on.

This movie is a story of what happened to, and happens to Louis physically.  It’s also very much a story of Louis’ suffering on a mental, emotional, and physical level as he is unable to correct his own path and deliver himself from the deep suffering and wounding he’s experiencing.  I am trying not to give any spoilers to those unfamiliar with Louis’s life story.  But I will tell you that help and hope eventually come, and that they come at a Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles.

 

Our thoughts about Unbroken: Path to Redemption

I loved a lot about this movie; but parts of it were very hard to watch.  (Just like many parts of the Unbroken book were devastating to read.  Just a terrible amount of suffering that Louis had to endure.)  I thought they got the look of the 1940s and early 1950s exactly right, from the makeup/clothing/hairstyles, to the cars and buildings.  Louis’s and Cynthia’s love story was wonderful to watch as it unfolded.  And while the viewer will deplore Louis’s choices and actions, they’re certainly understandable as a man tries to deal with unimaginable horrors.  Especially in post-WWII America, where mental health treatment was (I imagine) vastly different than it is today.

Hope does come for Louis and Cynthia, though, at that Billy Graham Crusade I mentioned earlier.  Billy Graham is played by Graham’s actual grandson Will Graham, and he does a great job portraying his grandfather (from the look, to the accent, to the manner of speaking.)  The rest of the cast is also fantastic, whether it’s Samuel Hunt and Merritt Patterson as Louis and Cynthia, or the supporting cast members as Louis’ Italian-American family or Bird, the cruel official from the prison camp.

I love this film’s take on the spiritual journey Louis Zamperini is on.  His remarkable changes, and resulting life choices, are both dramatic yet very believable.  Also, there are some wonderful interviews and camera footage of Louis at various points in his life as well as Billy Graham introducing Louis at a crusade where he shared his own story.  I definitely recommend this, but probably just for teens and adults.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption was produced by Matthew Baer, producer of the original Unbroken film, and released by Pure Flix.  Louis’ son Luke Zamperini also served as an executive producer.

 

Now–you have a chance to win!

Would you like to see Unbroken: Path to Redemption in theaters?  I have two Fandango Ticket codes that I’ll be giving away to one winner!  To enter, simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter in a variety of ways.  The giveaway closes 9/22/18.  Best wishes…and definitely, take a moment to see this movie even if you are not the winner!

Enter here!

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

 

 

 

 

FLASH Giveaway ~ and review of Tori Kelly’s newest CD, “Hiding Places” (ends 9/15/18)

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Hi friends!

I have a FLASH Giveaway for you…ending this weekend on 9/15/18.  So be sure to enter right away if this is up your alley!  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions sent me a free copy of Tori Kelly’s newest CD, Hiding Places, to review, as well as one to give away to one reader.  Read on for my impressions of the CD and your chance to enter to win!

 

 

Who is Tori Kelly?

Tori Kelly was nominated for Best New Artist in the Grammy Awards in 2016.  On her sophomore album Unbreakable Smile she wanted to include a song which reflected the gospel music she’d loved all her life.  Her manager Scooter Braun connected her with music great Kirk Franklin and the rest is history!  The one song she’d intended to do became an entire album.  Here’s what Tori has to say about her hopes for Hiding Places:  “One of the things I want for this album is for people to feel uplifted and encouraged when they listen. I want them to know that, no matter what they’re going through, there’s a God who loves them so much and so unconditionally, and there’s always a reason to feel hope. That’s what I really believe in, and I want everyone out there to hear my heart.”  I love that!  In a world when we may feel beaten down or as though we don’t measure up, that’s an awesome message to remind us of the God who loves us so amazingly.

The title of Hiding Places comes from Psalm 32:7, which reads:  “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (NIV)  The songs were written by Kirk Franklin or by Tori and Kirk together.  With a strong, joyful R&B flavor, this CD will delight listeners.

 

What you’ll find on Hiding Places

Hiding Places‘ songs are sometimes sung solo by Tori and other times, in a duet fashion with other artists such as Franklin, Lecrae, and Jonathan McReynolds.  The words speak deeply and honestly to struggle and challenges faced, but always return to the basic truth that God is with us; that He does hide us and deliver us.

Some of my favorite songs include “Just As Sure,” “Psalm 42,” “Questions,” and “Never Alone.” Some of my favorite lyrics include these:

“I’ve cried many rivers, walked through some pain
I’ve seen my world crumble, and I’ve carried the shame
But I know somebody, He calls me His own
I can hear Heaven singing out, oh you’re never alone”

Or:

“Oh so don’t, don’t let Sunday fool ya
Here’s my hallelujah
Every single day
I’m running to your grace”

Tori’s voice is rich and full, and she has a pretty incredible range.  Her words intimately convey the struggles we all face and the desire we have to still hang with God.  And the music is, by turns, joyful, contemplative, triumphant.

If you’d like to check out Tori’s “Never Alone” with Kirk Franklin (and an amazing choir) you can check it out by following the highlighted link to YouTube.

 

How to purchase…

Simply click on this link and you’ll be taken to the purchase page!

Buy link: https://torikelly.lnk.to/HidingPlacePc

 

And…how to enter to win your own!

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Remember, since this is a flash giveaway it will close Saturday night 9/15/18.  So be sure to head over to enter now!  When the giveaway has closed, one winner will be selected and the prize will be shipped from FlyBy/Propeller Promotions.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

 

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.