Book Review - The Boy Who Changed the World (Andy Andrews)

~ Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 12:59 PM ~

This is the 2nd book by Andy Andrews that I have the privilege of reviewing as part of the Book Sneeze Blogger Reviewer program.

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the WorldI'm a full-time mummy is about how each decisions we made, be it big or small, is in some way contributing to the changes we see around us.

We might not realised the so-called butterfly effect but as you read this book, the story unfolds deeper and I was amazed as I read the ending of the story of each individual as I thought 'Ok, so that was how it ends...' but nope.. I was surprised to read how the story goes on with the next individual and how at the end, came to realise that everything is interconnected.

Andy Andrews-The Boy Who Changed the World

Andy Andrews-The Boy Who Changed the World

Pictures above showing Ben checking out the book...

I really like the way the story unfolds and interconnect with each other. Even though this is a children book, in my humble opinion, I think us adults would learned a lot by reading this book too!

Andy Andrews-The Boy Who Changed the World

Now, what I don't really like is the illustrations. I'm not a fan of illustrations like this though I love the vibrant colors of it - as in, I prefer to see the images sharper and not blurred or dreamy like the one in this book.

Overall, I give this book an 8 out of 10.

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FYI, Andy Andrews has written over 20 books and this is his first book for young children. This book was written because Andy wanted young people everywhere to understand that they are very special. He also wanted them to know that they really can make a difference in this world, just like all the people in the story!

You can also check out http://www.andyandrews.com/the-boy-who/ for more information!

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You can get this book from AmazonI'm a full-time mummy, The Book Depository and many more.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Book Sneeze in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Music Review - Counting Stars

~ Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM ~

I would like to share my feedback and review on this awesome album that I have the chance to review for Centricity Music. The album by Andrew Peterson is called “Counting Stars” and is scheduled to be released on July 27th.

Excerpts taken from the album's bio page:

Framed in a largely acoustic context and underpinned by a sense of gentle but ancient and unyielding strength, Counting Stars aches and glows, finding infinite wonder in the stuff of hearth and home, family and friendship, struggle and storm. Perhaps it’s because the writing approach this time around involved a conscious departure from the string of concept albums Peterson has released in recent years. Opting for a more introspective, confessional approach seems to have opened a greater sense of vulnerability in the writing process. 

 

While at least a half dozen of Peterson’s new songs—like “Dancing In the Minefields”, “Planting Trees”, and “God of My Fathers”—joyously celebrate his connectedness to his creator, family, friends, fellow artists, and even to past and future generations, a secondary theme also clearly emerges on the record; one that speaks of the great battle between hope and despair. Songs like the sparsely melodic “In the Night My Hope Lives On”, the slow-building “You Came So Close”, and the weary but unwavering “The Last Frontier” each move from a place of pain or struggle to one of a hard-won eternal hope.

The title Counting Stars ties the themes of relationship and hope together in the hope of God’s promise to Abraham. We’re a part of the cloud of witnesses, passing the promises of God to our children.

 

 

One of the songs in the album which caught my attention (and led me to click to every other songs of his on Youtube and becoming a fan on his Facebook profile) is the "Dancing in the Minefield". You can click on the song title to view the official video on Youtube or click here to read about the making of the music video. Few lines in the "Dancing in the Minefield" song which I absolutely love is:

"So when I lose my way, find me
And when I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, to the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me
"`

 

Lovely and meaningful lyrics! According to album's website, the story behind the "Dancing in the Minefield" song is as below:

"In December of 2009 my wife and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage. Three days later, we got in a silly argument and I wrote this song after she went to bed. Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good marriage involves a thousand deaths to self—the good news is, a godly marriage involves at least as many resurrections. We lay our lives down and enter this perilous dance with another human being who has done the same. Why should we expect to emerge unscathed? No, the wounds bear testimony to the great power of grace. If I had had any idea what I was getting into fifteen years ago I wouldn’t have walked the aisle—I’d have run down it."

Wow! I just loved it when he said "Any good marriage involves a thousand deaths to self—the good news is, a godly marriage involves at least as many resurrections."

IMO, marriage is not an easy thing. To be able to find that special someone out of the gazillions people on this planet means something. To make marriage works takes lots and lots of love and understanding, tons of patience and an open heart and mind for both parties. And since we're still on the topic of marriage, do take some time to read the following scriptures that I found: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, Ephesians 5:22-33 

You can get the Counting Stars album from Amazon to get your own copy now!

I would like to give a note of thanks to Centricity Music for this wonderful opportunity to review this amazing singer and album!

Andrew Peterson's songs are definitely going into my bookmarked pages for songs to listen to when I am doing my work (when Ben's asleep of course!) and even as I'm typing this, the "Dancing in the Minefield" song is playing at the background and Ben is sleeping peacefully as ever and I'm reminded of how blessed I am to be married to my hubby and having a beautiful and perfect child like Ben.

Also, I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a promo page with info on this album by Centricity Music in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Product Review - Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

~ Posted on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM ~

This is my 1st DVD review under the Book Sneeze (formerly known as Thomas Nelson) Blogger Review program.

To be honest, the moment I saw the name of Max Lucado, I immediately request for a review copy and I didn't even realised that it's a DVD until I received the parcel today! Not complaining at all, since I love Lucado's work.

So anyway, I'm constantly looking for educational materials to expose to my 16 months old boy and although I'm trying not to rely so much on IT gadgets as a medium for teaching and learning (we wanted more hands on learning approach), I still gave this a shot.

Ben checking out the DVD cover...

I like the DVD cover because it is attractive and the illustrations are just too cute!

On the inside of the DVD box, there's a small booklet of the products available and some discount coupons that we can use for purchase of selected DVDs or books.

Ben watching with full concentration as I played the DVD on my laptop.

He recognised some of the insects and animals shown in the video and  I love the sing-along of the "Just Can't Pray" song! Catchy, inspiring and cute! However, I don't quite like some of the characters - like the lizard... kinda spooky actually.

What is the DVD about you ask?

Well, it's about Freddie the flea who's feeling pretty low because everyone around him seems to have a purpose in life, as if they are put on earth for a reason and that as a flea, he couldn't think of what good he is to be alive and God told him all about the Garden gangs when they are young and afraid and do not have confident like him. After listening to God, Freddie started feeling positive and he realised that God made no mistakes and everything has its purpose on earth!

Now, I would definitely play this DVD again as it also has bonus materials such as trivia game and a story read-along. Overall, I give this DVD an 8 out of 10.

Click on Who is in Charge Anyway?: A Lesson in Growing Up With God to buy your own copy today!