Thursday, October 1, 2015

On October 10, 2015 it will be once again the Star Wars Reads Day.   To celebrate this amazing day which encourages your children to read Star Wars books, DK Canada has released a special Star Wars Boutique where you can select numerous titles about Star Wars for your kids, for your loved one or for yourself…

The Star Wars Boutique of DK Canada is packed with books related to Star Wars like the readers, the Lego Star Wars, the complete visual dictionaries, the encyclopedias, and much more.    There are so many titles available for the fan of Star Wars that you might be overwhelmed with the choice.

For the purpose of this blog post, I have received two titles to review.

51SOCaQ3PLLStar Wars Complete Vehicles

For any fan who wants to explore the inner workings of the spaceships and vehicles of all six Star Wars™ movies comes this fascinating expanded edition of a fan favorite, now with new cross-section artworks and a wealth of new photos.  Star Wars®: Complete Cross-Sections is packed with visual explorations of more than fifty essential Star Wars spacecraft and landcraft, including the TIE bomber, Imperial shuttle, A-wing, B-wing, and more. Full-color cross-section artwork presents in-depth examinations of each craft's weapon systems, engines, hyperdrives, cockpits, and construction secrets, providing a never-before-seen glimpse at the vehicles that drive the Star Wars universe. Star Wars®: Complete Cross-Sections now features new and never-before-seen cross-sections!

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The book contains detailed drawings of the vehicles from the Star Wars movies.  It is a gem to see the way these vehicles are designed and how they work.   The book is perfect for the person with an engineering head who would love to decorticate a vehicle in order to better understand it.   

91BjQ1rDmSLUltimate Star Wars

Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels™. Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

This book is definitively perfect for the fan of Star Wars who would love to get more details on the characters, storylines, and much more.   To be honest, I think it is a great book for kids who are getting introduce to the Star Wars world and want to learn more about it.  It is a great book to develop the knowledge on the world of Star Wars whether you are a child or an adult.   When my kids started to read more about Star Wars in the various books we have at home, it wouldn’t be long before they started sharing their new knowledge at the dining table.  Sometimes my husband would react saying no that can’t be and then they would prove it to their dad.   It was priceless…

The book is packed with information and stunning images of the movies.    It would be a great book to refer to as you watch and re-watch the movies with your family.

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As you can see these two books are perfect for a brand new fan of Star Wars or even a more seasoned fan.    Why not considering getting these books for your family this year and discover the things you didn’t know about Star Wars?

Don’t forget to get your free activity sheet on DK Canada.

Numerous events are planning throughout the country for the Star Wars Reads Day.   Check out the full list at

If you live in the nation’s capital check out what will happen at  Carleton Place Public Library 101 Beckwith St., Carleton Place ON K7C 2T3 (613)257-2702.  I strongly suggest that you call ahead to see what is planned for the Star Wars Reads Day before heading that way.

These two books and many others Star Wars books are available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and



Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned books for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

24210_320_470A new faith movie is out in theater these days.   90 Minutes in Heavens has hit the theaters in the US and Canada last week and you can quickly see it at a theater near you.

What the movie is all about.

Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before. Don was in Heaven. When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life--and death--will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.

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Who plays in it?

Hayden Christensen plays Don Piper in the movie.   This actor has launched his acting career at the age of 11 with minor films and television roles.   Many of us will remember him as the famous Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones and in Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.  

Kate Bosworth plays Eva Piper.  She had her first movie role at 14 years of age when she played in The Horse Whisperer.  This role was perfect for the equestrian in her.   She also played in Remember the Titans and was Lois Lane in Superman Returns

Dwight Yoakam plays Cecil Beaumont, Esq.  This actor originally established himself in the music industry.   Acting is a second love for him.  

Michael W. Smith plays Cliff McArdle as well as being the score composer.   Michael is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician.

Hear what Michael W. Smith says about the movie.

Fred Dalton Thompson plays Jay B. Perkins.   This American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio show is well knows for his roles in Sinister and Die Hard 2.  He also appeared in the NBC television series Law & Order.

Jason Kennedy plays David Gentiles.  He is a news correspondent at E! handling a variety of stories and events for E! News.

Elizabeth Hunter is playing Nicole Piper.   This talented middle-schooler has made her film debut in a Clint Eastwood musical titled Jersey Boys.   She since appeared in television in Finding Carter, Powers, Nashville and Hart of Dixie.

Bobby Batson plays Joe Piper.   90 Minutes in Heaven is the theatrical film debut for this actor.  

Watch the trailer of 90 Minutes in Heaven.

Unfortunately, the movie is not playing in all theaters in Canada.  However, you can access a list of the theaters that is showing it by clicking to the movie’s website – 90 Minutes in Heaven.   In Ottawa, the movie is currently showing at the Cineplex Odeon in South Keys as well as at the Landmark Cinemas in Kanata.

According to Plugged In the movie would be perfect for Adults and Teens.   The movie is geared for PG-13 which means that it isn’t for children.      In the violence part of the movie,  the crash is pretty visual and the aftermath can be dramatic.   You will see blood, a banged face as well as difficult x-ray images.  The main actor is also fitted with a metal exoskeleton to assist his leg and arm so the pain will be felt as you watch the movie.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

9780761185215The illustrated Bible Verses calendar 2016
Published at Workman

As 2015 is slowly winding down, I started considering what kind of calendar I could get for my office.   After discovering bible art journaling earlier this year, I decided to review the Illustrated Bible Verses calendar.  This adorable calendar has a modern, appealing,  and creative look. Combining gorgeous, hand-lettered Bible verses which cite chapter and verse from the New International Version with lively graphics, Illustrated Bible Verses offers inspiration for a whole month. Each month will lift the spirit, soothe the soul, and encourage contemplation.

Some of the graphics use in this calendar could be inspiring for any crafter or journaler out there.   With the popularity of Bible Art Journaling growing by leaps and bounds, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this calendar being popular during the Christmas season this year.   After all, a calendar is always useful in a home and having scripture on it is uplifting and encouraging.

The Illustrated Bible Verses Calendar 2016 is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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