Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 7-Day Christian Book Review...


I am excited to tell you about a new book out called The 7-Day Christian!
Christianity is facing great opposition. No one is being thrown to lions, but many followers of Christ face persecution because of their beliefs. At the very least, most know how it feels to end up on the wrong side of a "politically correct" conversation. More than ever before, we need believing and behaving disciples—men and women who are ready to stand up and stand together to change the world as early Christians did: one righteous choice at a time.
Filled with personal experiences and insightful stories, this book emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with our values every single day, with practical suggestions for how to actually pull it off. "Christ doesn't just want people to acknowledge His grace," writes Brad Wilcox. "He wants them to be transformed through it. He doesn't just want people to come to Him. He wants them to become like Him— a process that takes place 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and throughout all the years of our lives.

My Review:

I loved Brad's Introduction, what an amazing man! He talked about how we need more genuine Christians who have the courage to be Christlike. Since I am a mom and have served many years in the primary, Chapter Five To Be Like A Child really touched my heart! I liked that he shared this great scripture..."Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Mathew 18:3).

We really like the ideas shared on how to live your beliefs everyday of the week. Together we can change the world! My family also loved this quote... "The true end of all Christians is not simply to come to Christ but to become Christlike". The stories shared throughout this book are very uplifting. I really enjoyed reading this book and plan on getting some for gifts!

About the Author:

BRAD WILCOX has lived in Ethiopia, Chile, and New Zealand; he and his family now make their home amid the Rocky Mountains. Brad taught sixth grade before obtaining his PhD in education from the University of Wyoming.
His contributions as an author and teacher have been honored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and his work has appeared in Guideposts magazine andReader’s Digest. He once served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and has addressed thousands of youth and adults across the United State, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Sacrament Book Review...

It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend.

With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.

Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

Our Review:


We fell in love with this hardcover book and it's incredible pictures! My family has always really looked up to John Bytheway so we got super excited when we heard this book was out. What a fantastic way to teach children about the sacrament. We really like the part that explains the symbols of the sacrament and also the scriptures it includes.

This book touched us each deeply as we read and pondered it together during family night. How cool that the first page has a place to write who the book belongs to, who it was presented by and the date it was received. This would make such an awesome gift that the whole family will treasure for generations to come! 

About the Authors:

John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Light We Share Book Review...


What difference does it make to have the light of the gospel in your life? To a twelve-year-old girl in post-World War II Germany, it made all the difference.
In this charming book, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf reflects on the power of heavenly light in her own life and recalls the joy it brought to her family during a dark and difficult time. "It was like a miracle," she explains as she describes how hope came back into their lives.
Discover how the light we share can make a life-changing difference to those whose lives we touch-as family members, leaders, missionaries, teachers, friends, and brothers and sisters in the gospel.


My Review:

I love President Uchtdorf and his sweet wife Harriet! This fantastic book really touched my family. It's great the blessings we receive as we are flexible and adjust our plans to His expectations of us. What a beautiful conversion story Sister Uchtdorf shares that will inspire all who read it!

Last November our son returned home from serving a mission in Brazil. Missionary stories always make us smile. I am truly grateful for the light of the gospel and the dear brothers and sisters that are willing to share their testimony with the world! Make sure to add The Light We Share to your must read list and it will also make a perfect gift!

About the Author:


HARRIET R. UCHTDORF received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in Frankfurt, Germany, and worked with the public transportation department prior to her marriage to Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who now serves as Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served in many callings in the Church and as an institute teacher in Frankfurt. She and her husband have two children and five grandchildren.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat? Book Review...



Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?

The laundry doesn’t cry when it’s not folded, so why should I?


Can I be confident even if an elevator calls me fat?


Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?

When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.


My Review...

This is such a beautiful uplifting book! I love all of the fantastic messages and thoughts about thinking of things on an eternal perspective. I am always talking to my family about the importance of perspective. Most of the chapters also include scripture references that are wonderful. One of my favorite chapters talks about understanding our relationship with God. Here's a fantastic quote by Jeffrey R. Holland from that chapter... "Every time we reach out, however feebly, for Him, we discover He has been anxiously trying to reach us." The pep talk at the end is great also! Michelle thank you for sharing your insights and for this amazing book, I love it! 

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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Family Christmas Review...



THE PIANO GUYS RELEASE NEW ALBUM OF HOLIDAY CLASSICS
A Family Christmas Available October 22, 2013

With the success of The Piano Guys’ first two major label releases, The Piano Guys and The Piano Guys 2, Portrait/Sony Masterworks will release the Utah-based classical-pop group’s new holiday album, A Family Christmas on October 22.  Just in time for the holiday season, A Family Christmas will also be available as a deluxe set that includes a bonus DVD of their hit holiday music videos, plus a classic Yule Log video featuring all of the songs on the album.

Produced by the group’s Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson, A Family Christmas puts The Piano Guys’ signature twist to such Christmas classics as “Silent Night,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Angels We Have Heard On High,” which will be supported by a new YouTube video.  

The Piano Guys’ video take on One Direction’s hit “What Makes You Beautiful” took YouTube by storm when it was posted in July 2012. It featured all five Piano Guys playing the same piano at the same time. Thanks to its ingeniously intricate concept, the video helped sky rocket The Piano Guys to stardom and has received over 25 million views to date.

Already a YouTube phenomenon from their focus on self-made innovative videos in stunning locations, the Piano Guys have amassed over 1.9 million YouTube subscribers—and more than a quarter-billion views.

A Family Christmas will now be The Piano Guys’ third album in the year that the group signed to Portrait/Sony Masterworks. Their self-titled debut album was released last October, and mixed originals sourced from both classical and pop music standards. It topped Billboard’s New Age Chart for months while garnering rave reviews and leading to performances on major programs including The Today Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Katie, CBS This Morning and Fox & Friends.

The Piano Guys 2 followed suit in May, and likewise mashed up the classics with pop. So, now, does A Family Christmas. “It’s the Piano Guys’ signature sound,” says Van der Beek, who heads up the group’s studio operations and also assists in co-writing and arranging, as well as percussion and vocal texturing. “We just don’t take the songs and cover them exactly, but apply the ‘TPG Twist’ on them. I think it will result in one of those traditional Christmas albums that people put on while they put up their Christmas trees.”

It’s become a tried-and-true formula for Piano Guys success: Taking songs that first gained favor via YouTube videos. But A Family Christmas, as Nelson notes, will be embellished by new songs including “Winter Wind” and “Christmas Morning,” an original that evokes the amazing experience of Christmas morning in the eyes of young children.
Speaking of small kids, Schmidt’s daughter Sara, who’s now nine, sings on “Where Are You, Christmas?,” which was co-written by Mariah Carey and recorded by Faith Hill for the 2000 film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

The album also includes “Silent Night,” which actually ends with the Guys themselves singing, and the “Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” mash-up: “It’s like if Pirates of the Caribbean were to write a Christmas song! I call it ‘Jack Sparrow of the Bells’.”

The Piano Guys, incidentally, got their name from a piano store in St. George, Utah owned by Paul Anderson, the video producer of the group, whose vision has led them to become one of the top YouTube channels. Paul's dream of creating videos and placing pianos in crazy locations has taken the group across the world. Currently, the Piano Guys are looking forward to kicking off a Fall tour in October. Their dedicated TV special, Live At Red Butte Garden, continues to air on PBS.  For more information, check out ThePianoGuys.com.

Tracklisting:
1.       Angels We Have Heard on High
2.       Come, O Come, Emmanuel
3.       Good King Wenceslas
4.       Carol of the Bells / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5.       Where Are You Christmas
6.       Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow
7.       Still, Still, Still
8.       We Three Kings
9.       Away in a Manger
10.   Christmas Morning
11.   Winter Wind
12.   Silent Night
Twitter.com/PianoGuys

My Review... 

I really LOVE the The Piano Guys! I was super excited when I heard about A Family Christmas coming out! It is great that these guys are local here in Utah. I love the video with them all playing from the same piano, it's amazing! Make sure and watch the new video of them above. My family is intrigued by their music, it is so beautiful. We have always enjoyed John Schmidt's music, so when we found out he is part of the piano guys we couldn't help but love them as well. This CD is awesome and is going to make perfect Christmas gifts this year that we know everyone will treasure and love!

Sony Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Consider The Blessings Book Review...


I am so excited to share with you a new book out called Consider the Blessings!!

If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.

Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?


In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his call as an Apostle, Consider the Blessings presents fifty of the true accounts President Thomas S. Monson has shared over the years. With beautiful photographs and heart-touching content, this is a book to treasure with the whole family.

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My Review:

First I fell in love with the cover of this book the second I received it! I then opened the book and started reading the beautiful, touching stories within. I enjoyed each one and plan to use them for upcoming talks and family nights. President Monson has such a loving sweet way with his words that touches me deeply. My family highly recommends this book full of powerful, uplifting stories it's fantastic. This is going to make a perfect gift for everyone on my Christmas list this year for sure!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

JOSH WRIGHT MY FAVORTIE THINGS CD REVIEW...




#1 Billboard recording artist Josh Wright brought a whole new life to classical piano with his debut self-titled album in 2011. Now, Josh is back with the same breathtaking talent and meticulous skill that has been bringing audiences across the country to their feet and left them begging for more. On his second album, Josh steals the spotlight with all-new arrangements of classical music together with current pop hits. Featuring all-new recordings of masterfully performed piano combined with contemporary pop music, this album comes to life with a sensational new sound. Tracklist - 
  1. My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music
  2. Chopin: Étude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10 No. 4
  3. Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
  4. Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
  5. Stairway to Heaven/Castle On a Cloud from Les Misérables
  6. Ravel: Jeux d’eau
  7. Hedwig’s Theme from the Harry Potter series
  8. Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 332, 2nd Movement
  9. Rachmaninoff: Elégie, Op. 3, No. 1/Theme from Schindler’s List
  10. Liszt: Paganini Étude No. 6 in A Minor
  11. Fireflies (duet with Lindsey Wright)
  12. PLUS, 4 BONUS TRACKS WITH FULL ORCHESTRA
  13. Stairway to Heaven/Castle On a Cloud
  14. Hedwig’s Theme
  15. Rachmaninoff/Schindler’s List
  16. Fireflies

About the Author

Billboard #1 artist Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. Josh studied under renowned pedagogue Dr. Susan Duehlmeier at the University of Utah, completing his Bachelor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree. He currently studies at the University of Michigan, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Art degree as a pupil of Dr. Logan Skelton.

My Review...

I am so excited to be able to share my review of this fantastic CD with you! When I heard the title of the album was My Favorite Things I got super excited because that is one of my very favorite songs. I have been playing this CD in my house and also in my car when I am on the go and it is AMAZING! It really uplifts and brings a positive energy into our home. Josh Wright is very talented and I am so thankful he shares his incredible music in this new album. I plan on buying this for gifts for my family that I know all ages will love and treasure it!

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