Giveaway: My Mama and Me

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One of a mother’s most important jobs is to share her faith with her children. Mother-and-daughter team Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley provide a perfect way for moms with young children (ages 0–5) to share their faith through the gift of reading with the release of their new book, My Mama and Me, from Tyndale Kids.

My Mama and Me features delightful illustrations and 25 devotions that are designed to answer four questions:
• Can you tell me about God?
• Can you tell me about Jesus?
• What does God think about me?
• How can I show God I love him?

Each devotion includes a rhyming story that teaches children about God, a Scripture verse, a prayer, and a fun activity that reinforces the theme. The book ends with a touching prayer every mother will want to pray for her children.

My Mama and Me encourages mothers to grow closer to God and to their children as they spend time together. The book is a companion to Bowman’s My Grandma and Me, which was a resource for grandmothers to pass their faith on to their grandchildren.

ParentLife has 5 copies of this great book to giveaway to our readers! Enter through the form below (only open to U.S. residents).

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Giveaway: The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids


What kind of fruit did Eve take from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? A. pear; B. apple; C. we don’t know.

What did Jesus serve the disciples for breakfast? A. fruit and cereal, B. fish and bread; C. manna and quail.

Learn a little Bible trivia while learning more about God’s message within the Bible. This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read.

This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily. They can also use their knowledge to test family members each day. [The answers to the questions above are C. we don’t know and B. fish and bread.]

If you would like to win a copy for your family, enter through the form below (contest only open to residents of the U.S.).

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Giveaway: My Time With Grandma


Turn ho-hum story time into an amazing experience for inspiring your grandchildren to discover and celebrate God’s love for them! My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook is a wonderful way to treasure your moments together while sharing your faith and helping your grandchildren understand challenging concepts such as salvation, God’s plan for our lives, and what it means to be forgiven. Each story includes a powerful Love Note from God that kids can memorize and hide in their hearts forever. There’s also a sweet Love Note from Grandma that you can read to your grandchildren to help remind them of how much they are treasured and loved.

And you are in luck! We are giving away 5 copies to ParentLife readers. Please enter through the form below. (Giveaway only open to residents of the U.S.)
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Giveaway: The One Year My Princess Devotions by Karen Whiting


Whiting believes that children are capable of being both listeners and doers of God’s Word (James 1:22). Appealing to various learning styles, Whiting challenges girls to know God and build character through reading Royal Words (a Bible verse), Princess Thoughts (a short devotion), Prayer, and becoming a Princess-in-Action (an activity related to the devotion).

Following Whiting’s devotions, girls will develop the following Princess skills:
Praise God and Pray
Remember God’s Word
Improve Her Mind
Nourish her spirit
Cultivate a healthy body image (and character)
Experience God’s love
Share her faith
Serve God and others

And 5 lucky ParentLife readers will win a copy of The One Year My Princess Devotions by Karen Whiting (open only to residents of the US). Enter through the form below.

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glipit Bible giveaway!

glipit God’s love is perfect, patient, and personal. God’s Word teaches kids they are special to God and that they are loved with an everlasting love—and now they can express their faith in a unique way on these one-of-a-kind silicone Bible covers! The glipit Bible was designed for kids ages 8 to 12, giving them countless possibilities for creating their own designs and customizing their Bible covers. They can spell their name, make a design, form shapes, or just have fun popping the pieces on and off of their Bible covers! Each Bible comes with over 120 removable silicone pieces in 4 different colors (including glow in the dark) that pop right into place on the cover. The soft silicone cover material is removable and washable and also gives the Bibles a nice grip for little hands to carry.

We have 5 copies of the glipit Bible to giveaway to ParentLife readers. Please enter through the form below. (Giveaway only open to residents of the U.S.)
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Giveaway: Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

photo_BUG_softcover“Although our daughters are doing rather well academically and on some measures of social and personal health,” said Dr. James Dobson, best-selling author and parenting expert, “In many ways, I am even more concerned about girls than boys. So much has changed for the worse in recent years. They are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their mothers, grandmothers and previous generations. Today’s little girls are being enticed to grow up too fast and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared. This is a generalization with many exceptions, of course, but far too many females are in trouble.”

In Bringing Up Girls, Dr. Dobson gives parents, grandparents, and teachers deeper insight into why girls are who they are. He speaks to both fathers and mothers about their unique roles in a daughter’s life and offers encouragement on how to raise healthy girls in a in a shockwave world. Bringing Up Girls draws on extensive research and is written in Dr. Dobson’s trademark down-to-earth approach. It will equip parents to handle many of today’s most pressing issues affecting girls, including: female physiology, relationships with mother and father, cultural influences, bullies, buddies and best friends, and spiritual development

To support some of his points, Dr. Dobson brings in conversations with experts about the influence of culture on youth, and shares interviews he had with young women, giving an eye-opening look into what girls want in their relationships and their views of the world.

The book includes commonly asked questions, as well as accompanying answers, parents have about their daughters regarding issues related to puberty and adolescence and the differences in behavior between boys and girls.

ParentLife has five copies to give away to our readers. Enter through the form below! (Only open to those living in the U.S.)

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Win Jeremy Camp’s Book and Latest Album!

Way back in September 2011, I reviewed Jeremy Camp’s autobiography I Still Believe. In it, the young recording artist talks about his faith-walk through the passing of his first wife, Melissa, who succumbed to cancer mere months after their wedding.

Since then, Camp has released an album of his number 1 hits and a Christmas album; but his most recent release, Reckless, is his first album of originals since 2008’s Speaking Louder Than Before.

Reckless is classic Camp, full of great music that will be sure to fly up the charts soon. You’ve probably already heard the title track on your Christian radio station. (You can listen to clips of all the songs here.)

“I want to be reckless / cause You are endless …. I will not be afraid to surrender my way and follow who You are.” – “Reckless”

Lyric-driven as always, fans will love Camp’s new album.

Want to win a copy of the album AND his autobiography, I Still Believe? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Intentional Parenting with David Thomas – Q&A and Giveaway!

Q&A with David Thomas, author of Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes (Thomas Nelson, March 2013).

David wrote Intentional Parenting with Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan, who all three are on staff of Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, TN. Daystar is a not-for-profit ministry offering both individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, families, and young adults.

Q: How would you define being an intentional parent?

First, let us tell you what intentional parenting is not. Reactive. It is essential to parent out of love instead of parenting out of fear. When we parent out of fear, our kids never get the best of us, the most of us, or even what they really need from us. Parenting out of fear is a reactive form of parenting.

We’d love to invite you into more proactive parenting—thoughtful, intentional, strategic, and wise parenting. Or more active parenting—responsive, engaged, invested, connected parenting. It’s difficult to parent out of love when we are simply reacting to everything going on around us. We are postured to react rather than respond.

We always have options. Sometimes we choose fear over love. Sometimes we choose love over fear. You will continue to hear us invite you to extend grace to yourself in the journey of parenting. You are going to make mistakes. God can redeem the mistakes we make in parenting. He extends grace to us so that we can then extend grace and mercy to our children. Receive the grace and mercy that is available to you. And then do that thing we teach our kids to do when they fall off their bikes while learning to ride: get back up, dust yourself off, and try again.

Being an intentional parent means I get back on the bike and learn from the mistake I made last time around.


Q: What does play have to do with parenting?

Play has purpose for you and your kids. When we speak to parents, we talk about the need for every child to feel enjoyed by their parents. Every child needs time with their mom and dad that is not spent instructing, coaching, teaching, or even exhorting … just plain play together. It helps build a child’s confidence and increases the bond between you.

As a side note, we’re not only talking about watching your children play, although that’s important too. Kids want an audience, and it’s easy to think (especially after a hard day’s work) that by watching them play, you are entering in. You can watch them play tennis and dive off diving boards, but they also want you to jump in and get a little wet right alongside them.

At camp, the kids will beg the adult counselors to get in the lake with them. I cannot even begin to count the number of kids who have said to me, “My mom won’t swim with us. She doesn’t like to get her hair wet. Or, my dad comes to the lake with us, but he spends a lot of time on his phone because it’s hard for him to get away from work.”

Dive in. Get your hair wet. Get on the floor and play a board game. Laugh. Enjoy your children by playing with them. And then save a little time to play without them, as well.

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Q: What role does hope play in parenting?

Your child will place his or her hope in a lot of things over the years—new friends, parts in plays, winning football teams, homecoming dates, SAT scores. And when those things fall through, discouragement will follow. Your encouragement, in those times, is invaluable. A middle school girl said that her mom puts a new Scripture on her mirror every day … just to encourage her. A high schooler said recently how much it means when she knows her mom is praying specifically for her and for what she’s facing that day. The encouragement of these moms is a genuine expression of their hope. When your encouragement rises out of that place, it has more impact than you can imagine.

In all of the complexities of growing up today, children and teens need hope. They need life and healing and relationship with you, as their parent. And they need you to offer these things out of the overflow of your heart. Encouragement is not just the words you say. It’s not just the truth and hope that you offer. It’s the way you live His truth and His hope out. Sensitivity to your child’s heart and confidence in God as your protector, provider, and redeemer is what truly encourages. You offer hope as you point your children toward Christ.

Want to win a copy of Intentional Parenting? We have 5 copies to give away to readers this week! Just enter using Rafflecopter below. 

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Do You Have Sparkly Green Earrings? (GIVEAWAY)


Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama Blog, has been much-beloved by LifeWay for quite some time. She has written for the women’s All Access blog as well as worked many women’s events. I’ve been a personal fan of her blog for quite some time, too, where she writes about life, parenting, TV, and fashion with a humorous touch.

Shankle’s first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, releases this week, and we’re thrilled to help her celebrate! Written in the same witty fashion as her popular blog, Sparkly Green Earrings is a memoir of motherhood that you’re sure to enjoy.

“It really is one of those books that you want all of your girlfriends to read so that you can talk about it and quote your favorite lines and tell your own versions of similar stories.” -Sophie Hudson, BooMama


We’re thrilled to have 5 copies of Sparkly Green Earrings to give away this month at ParentLife Online thanks to Tyndale House! Simply use the Rafflecopter below to enter. (Subscribers may need to click through to the post.) Winners will be selected February 13, 2013. Please see terms.

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Closed: A HUGE Giveaway!

Congratulations Tara Randolph Waldrop! You are our winner! Check your inbox for an email from us!

It’s here! Our Huge Mystery Giveaway is today and what a great giveaway it is for the readers of ParentLife! We’ve got stuff for moms, dads, and kids! The list is long, so make sure you scroll through every item (don’t miss the big items at the bottom of the list!) and use the form at the bottom of the page to enter. We’re excited to see who wins this stash of great items, and yes, one person will win all these items!

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids helps kids in kindergarten – sixth grade understand key Bible terms. More than 500 of the featured words have color photos, illustrations, maps and reconstructions to enhance learning. This unique reference tool is perfect for church classrooms, families, home-schooling environments, Christian school classrooms and libraries, church libraries, and public libraries.

The HCSB Read-to-Me Bible is a full text Bible; not just a story book. This edition for parents and teachers of preschoolers features biblical illustrations and stories with bolded sections to be read to younger preschoolers-the entire story is appropriate for comprehension by older preschoolers. Features include 9.5 point type size, 58 full-color pages, basic Bible vocabulary for children, presentation page, and more.

In The League of Incredible Vegetables, it’s just a normal day in Bumblyburg . . . until Dr. Flurry comes to town with his army of penguins. This sounds like a job for Larry-Boy, but he gets frozen by his enemy’s superior tactics. Rushing to his rescue, the League of Incredible Vegetables attempts to unfreeze Larry-Boy, but can they overcome their fears and rescue Bumblyburg? 45 minutes. Closed-captioned.

When I Go to Church: Guiding Preschoolers in Worship, by Kay Henry, helps parents and teachers to prepare older preschoolers for worship. This colorfully illustrated book features four delightful stories about preparing for and going to worship services. Includes guides for parents on topics like baptism and how to guide behavior during worship services.

Whatever: A 90-Day Devotional for Livin’ the True, Noble, and Totally Excellent Life! This devotional for tween girls brings new meaning to the word—less attitude and more gratitude! Based on Philippians 4:8 the devotional examines what it means for tweens to be “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy” in today’s society.

Dave Branon hits a home run when he brings together the worlds of faith and sports to create this unique devotional designed just for young sports fanatics. Heads Up! combines biblical principles with stories of athletes and sporting events, fun sports trivia, tips, and rare facts and figures to inspire faith and achievement in kids. This unique devotional is great for reluctant readers.

Helping leaders and parents understand child development just got a whole lot easier! Wholly Kids is an easy-to-read book full of fun illustrations and details about how kids learn. A handy book to give to parents and volunteers in your kids ministry, too. Including topics such as Characteristics of Kids, How Boys and Girls Learn Differently, and Creating an Environment for Learning.

Relating personal experiences on and off the field, in The Playbook for Dads: Parenting Your Kids in the Game of Life, Jim Kelly challenges fathers to work hard, pray for their children often, love their wives, and implement 10 principles in their lives and in the lives of their children. Both practical and inspirational, Kelly coaches every dad on how to be the star player for his family.

Backed by research that reveals destructive parenting patterns (even in Christian homes), The Parent Adventure by Rodney Wilson, Selma Wilson, and Scott McConnell teach moms and dads how to prepare their kids for a lifetime with God. The problem starts when parents raise children based on their personal experiences growing up instead of using the Bible as the timeless, authoritative guide.

Every mother wants her children to grow up happy, healthy, and fulfilled. But reaching that destination can be full of indecision, worry, and second-guessing. In her groundbreaking book, Regret-Free Parenting, Catherine Hickem offers seven principles for mothers to raise their children well . . . and know they’re doing it right.

In Raising Financially Confident Kids, personal finance expert Mary Hunt prepares readers to debt-proof their kids by teaching readers how to develop a unique plan designed specifically for children that will tear down attitudes of entitlement, build financial intelligence, and neutralize the glamor of easy spending. Debt-proofed kids are guided by a set of financial values.

In Planned Purity for Parents: Creating an Environment for Sexual Purity, Starting With the Heart, Jennie Bishop, founder of PurityWorks, shares with parents how they can construct a household of purity for themselves, a child, or their family. A resource section with parent/child scripts, object lessons, and more makes this guide a must-have for any mom or dad planning for purity in today’s culture.

The trouble with us is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. Putting the premise into action in Embracing Obscurity, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender.

Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.

Mom’s Pocket Posh Games to Play with Your Kids is a tote-sized collection of fun puzzles and games to play with your 7- to 12-year-old includes a 100-puzzle assortment that includes word search, crossword varieties, hidden objects, and many other age-appropriate puzzles. A free trial subscription to The Puzzle Society is included.

A Heart Like His looks at the bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. Beth Moore walks us through an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served.

7 is the true story of how Jen and her family took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. In the midst, they discovered a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

Angie Smith was 18 weeks pregnant when doctors discovered that the daughter she was carrying had conditions leaving her “incompatible with life.” I Will Carry You is a powerful story of ultimate loss–a parent’s loss of a child–interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus, helping those walking through the difficult seasons of life to mourn and still have hope.

Angie Smith is one who was quick to encourage a friend, but struggled to believe that God could truly make something spectacular out of her broken-ness and disappointments. Mended takes you on a journey to show how faith lived in the events of daily life is all that it takes to be a part of creating God’s picture of redemption in your life and those around you. Your life does make a difference—because of how He is magnified in the cracks.

Featured in the popular movie Fireproof, The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick is a 40-day guided devotional experience that will lead your heart back to truly loving your spouse while learning more about the design, nature, and source of true love. Each reading includes Scripture, a statement of principle, the day’s “dare,” and a journaling area and check box to chart progress.

A 1-year subscription to a kids’ monthly devotional of your choice. More is for 1st and 2nd graders. Adventure is for 3rd and 4th graders. Bible Express is for 5th and 6th graders and comes in your choice of a “for boys” or “for girls” option.

A 1-year subscription to ParentLife magazine. Keep it for yourself or share with a friend or family member! ParentLife is a monthly magazine for the Christian parent that offers help, information, and advice in all the areas parents are seeking godly guidance for their children including health, education, discipline, safety, and spiritual development. Every issue gives parents practical ideas, weekly family devotional ideas, and insights to help them meet responsibilities and celebrate the joys of Christian parenting. Frequent writers include Carey Casey, Angie Smith, Dr. Linda Mintle, David Thomas, Sophie Hudson, and many more!

And finally, two tickets to one of next year’s dotMom conferences. Choose from the February 2013 event in Dallas, Texas, or the September 2013 event in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (This includes registration only. Travel, lodging, and meals not covered.) Bring along your sister, best friend, or pastor’s wife for a wonderful weekend of enriching time for moms! Have you ever thought, I wonder if other moms feel …? However you finish that sentence, the answer is yes. The journey of motherhood is exciting, scary, lovely, and challenging. Which is why we’ve created .MOM—a weekend that will encourage and refresh you, connect you with other moms, celebrate motherhood, and draw you closer to Christ.

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