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Giveaway and Book Review
About the Book:
Barbara's vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about.
When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves.
Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”
Throughout 2012 and 2013, Dog-Ma has been on the Bestseller lists of Kindle, Amazon and Goodreads as well as being named as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the animal/pet category and presented with a medal at the Harvard Club in New York City - May 2013.
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Heart of a Philanthropist says:
Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber was a real tearjerker. The stories were heart-wrenching and always led to a heartwarming ending. Animal lovers know we will almost always have to say goodbye to our animals, however we still take them in as family and never look back at that decision.
The way Barbara wrote the wonderful short stories of each of her dogs and their experiences made me feel like I was right there watching the stories unfold. I got to know her dogs, her husband, and herself through the book. She mentions the unconditional love of each of these animals for her, but she didn't mention her unconditional love for each of them- doing whatever was necessary to fix each one's wounds and the strength it takes for her to say goodbye...
Knowing how much their dogs were and are loved just touches my heart to it's very core. This is a wonderful life experience book and well worth the read! You don't have to be a dog lover to read this. You only have to have a heart for Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber to touch you very deeply.
10 winners will receive a copy of the audiobook Dog-Ma AND a swag bag worth $150!
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(Guest Post by Pam Lewellen)
About The Promise:
The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ. This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.
My family had a movie night, ate popcorn, watched The Promise, and then had a discussion about it.
I was very impressed with the singing on The Promise. I felt like I was listening to a professional play with an amazing orchestra and choir in the building, but it was an animated classic DVD! You will not be disappointed with the music or the story. Although it is written for children, my entire family really enjoyed it.
The story starts as Joseph and his friend (Mary's father) stand outside getting a drink. Mary's father calls Mary over to get a drink for Joseph (or was it to draw Joseph's attention to Mary?). No matter the reason, there is an undeniable attraction between the two of them. The Promise continues with the romance which was a pleasant addition to the story.
After her engagement to Joseph, Mary is visited by an angel who tells her she will have the child who will be the Messiah. She asks how that can be since she has never been with a man. He tells her the Holy Spirit will make it so. She agrees. Of course Joseph has a difficult time with this explanation of her pregnancy and intends to divorce her. (In Biblical times, when you get engaged, it is almost the same as being married and must be broken by a divorce). Joseph decided to divorce her quietly as not to embarrass the family. But, before he goes through with it, Joseph has a dream. An angel explains to Joseph that Mary's story is indeed true, and he would be the father to Baby Jesus. They would call him Immanuel (God is with us).
The shepherds watched their flocks by night, and all of a sudden a gazillion angels came to them singing "Glory to God in the Highest..." and for the rest of the story, you'll have to watch the movie!
The Promise was a surprise to me and my family. I never saw the birth story of Jesus in quite this way. I love how the story of Joseph and Mary were portrayed. It was a love story between two people. They romanced each other prior to their marriage, and really enjoyed one another. It is not often I have seen a portrayal of their relationship like this. Of course, this movie allows for much poetic license, but it sticks to the script of the Bible very well.
The Promise was a short film- only about 45 minutes- so young and old can enjoy it. Even my ten year old son liked it. We all wished it was a little longer because it was so well done, and since it is not so long, we can watch it a few times and enjoy it just as much. Although the video is a short it covers the romance of Joseph and Mary, the birth of Jesus Christ, the visit from the shepherds, and then Mary singing her baby to sleep so it did cover its purpose. There is room for a sequel, and I am looking forward to it.
Luke 2:10-12 New International Version (NIV)
(Borrowed from http://www.biblegateway.com)
10 But the angel said to them, [the shepherds] “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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ABOUT GLORIOUS FILMS
Glorious Films is the home of high quality entertainment products created from a strong biblical worldview. The creative and technical teams are world-class and have come to from all over the globe. Their first film, The Promise, is an animated musical about the nativity story that was just released in 2013. The second film, The Prodigal, an animated musical based on the parable of the prodigal son, is in production for a Spring 2014 release.
Disclosure: HoaP received a copy of The Promise in exchange for an honest review of the product. No other compensation was provided.
Mirror Calendars: People Like Me
I stumbled upon Mirror Calendars simply by happenstance, but what I saw really moved my spirit! The creators of Mirror Calendars have a heart for those with different abilities than the average person. This business is for the people by the people and because of people! Jesus had the same heart.
I am proud of the people in the calendar.. not because they are disabled, but because they are people who lived out their dreams. In September, you will see the story of two nervous and in love newlyweds at their first married kiss and dance. This is my favorite page. Young love... Don't we all love it? In January you will see the absolute most adorable smiling babies. Who doesn't love babies? Each month has a different inspirational quote. One of my favorites is by Chris Burke, "It's not our disabilities, its our abilities that count."
Disclosure: Heart of a Philanthropist received a product in order to accommodate this review. All opinions are strictly based on the perception of the product reviewed and was not influenced in any way by outside sources. HoaP is not responsible for delivery of prize. Mirror Calendars will send prize to winner within 72 hours of winner sending HoaP a proper mailing address. Participating bloggers received no compensation for this post.
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