Giveaway: The Jesus Film

Have you ever seen, The Jesus Film? Billions of people all over the world have! Did you know that it’s the most-watched film in history and has been translated into 1,197 different languages? Check out this trailer!

Maybe you’ve thought about watching the movie as a family, but you were afraid it would be too graphic for your kids. Great news! The movie shares a biblical version of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection in a kid-friendly way, suitable for all ages. It shows an accurate portrayal of Christ’s death, but in a way that is appropriate for a younger audience, which the film’s G rating reflects.

In honor of the movie’s 35th anniversary, it has been remastered in high definition with a new musical score and is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 1st  (that’s tomorrow)!

We actually have three copies of The Jesus Film to give away! Use the form below to enter for your chance to win! 

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Christian Parenting DVD Series

As we gear up for fall – in school and at church – maybe your church is looking for a study to help its members be better parents. Or maybe you and your spouse are simply looking for something to study at home. (Or just you! Single parents, military spouses … we all need help.)

Here are some great studies to help you in your endeavors.

 

The Parent Adventure is a study from Rodney and Selma Wilson. Selma Wilson is the current president of B&H Publishing Group and has been married to Rodney for 37 years. They have two grown daughters.

This 7-session study helps encourage parents to guide their children in the spiritual disciplines, seeing their role in their children’s lives as a great adventure. It offers biblical guidance for all stages of parenting.

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son and 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter  are Vicki Courtney’s responses to our changing culture and come from experience raising a daughter and two sons in recent years. These studies are well-suited for parents of teens and tweens, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the difficult questions you’ll have to face while raising kids.

 

 

Raising Boys and Girls helps parents, teachers, grandparents, and other caregivers explore the differences between the sexes. Helps adults focus on being Christian role models for those in their care. This study is six sessions with 30-minute teaching videos.

 

Have you done any great parenting studies you’d like to share with us?

Hey God, Can I Get Off the Ark? Reimagining the Noah Story.

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Released in May from B&H Publishing Group and author Troy Schmidt, Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain … helps children see Noah’s story from a different point of view: that of a raven on the ark.

Oh sure, we’ll all heard the story of Noah’s Ark a hundred times. But have we heard it from the perspective of other living creatures who witnessed the history-making event? Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain so I Can Get off Noah’s Stinky, Smelly Ark?  imagines how a certain raven from the story might recount those forty days and nights, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover Noah’s epic voyage in a whole new way. The “Parent Connection” feature will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened. There’s even a free online app to make this bright retelling even more animated and interactive.

Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado’s Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.

You can purchase Hey God … from LifeWay, Amazon, ChristianBook.com, among other book retailers.

Jesus Music Box: Fun for the Whole Family

I’ve been a fan of Yancy‘s for quite awhile. She’s a good friend of my (blogging-to-real-life) friend OhAmanda. Her kids’ music is totally fun and tolerable for adults while teaching kids scriptural truth. My personal favorite is Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday, which is especially for preschoolers and toddlers.

Released in March, Yancy’s new album Jesus Music Box caters to an older, preteen crowd. The songs are about sharing Jesus’ love with others freely – as is expressed in rocking track “Not Ashamed.”

 

“These songs are really all about making Jesus loud in our life,” says Yancy. “One of my biggest passions, through the songs that I sing and through my life, is making sure it shows that Jesus is in my heart and that I love him. There are several songs on this album that are all about that- it’s about turning up the volume and letting Jesus shine!”

Your little ones will love to sing along and your preteens will think you rock for letting them listen to something with a beat. The lyrics on each track are worth listening to again and again, in the car and around the house.

You can find Jesus Music Box on iTunes, Amazon, and on Yancy’s website.

The Bible Miniseries

Have you been watching The Bible miniseries on The History Channel? LifeWay is very excited about it! Here are some resources if you’re interested in digging deeper into the series and its history and future.

Have you been watching the series? I haven’t, but I will definitely catch up on the DVDs when they’re released!

Are You Ratings-Ready? Comic Book Edition by Mike Nappa

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Ever wonder how comic books are rated for content—or if they’re even rated at all? Wonder no more! Here’s what you need to know.

 

Are Comic Books Rated?

Well, yes and no.

With the demise of the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval (1954-2011) there is no longer any semi-independent body issuing ratings or approvals for comics. However, most individual comics companies offer parents some sort of rating system to help them find books appropriate for their kids. The ratings are generally featured on the cover, next to the UPC code.

 

How Does Marvel Comics Rate Their Books?

According to Marvel’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso, “Not all comics are intended for kids–which is why we label our comics for their intended audience. That said, most of our content is PG-rated material aimed at a multiplex audience.”

Here are the specific ratings you’ll find on a Marvel comic:

  • All Ages. These comics area rated by default, meaning they don’t have any rating at all on the cover. That signals the content has been judged appropriate for children, teens, and adults alike.
  • A Appropriate for age 9 and up. These are typically the flagship comics from Marvel, such as Fantastic Four or Amazing Spider-Man. Books with this rating will be typically absent of profanity or adult content, but will be full of action and might include words that many younger children won’t understand (i.e. “invulnerable”).
  • T+ Suggested for Teens and Up. Comics with this rating are comparable to a PG-13 movie rating. According to Bill Rosemann of Marvel Comics, “In these titles you can generally find the violence and language turned up a notch. Recommended for our teen and adult readers.” These are books like Punisher, Elektra, and Marvel Knights.
  • Parental Advisory. Comics with this rating are intended for adults only, and could contain profanity, partial nudity, and graphic violence. Consider this the “R” rating you’d see on a comparable movie.
  • Max: Explicit Content. Basically the NC-17 of comics.

 

How Are DC Comics Rated?

  • E – Everyone. Cartoon violence and comic mischief at best. Typically suitable for children (or for the young at heart!).
  • T – Teen. This is DC Comics’ version of a PG-13 rating, and will likely include action-style violence and mild profanity.
  • T+ – Teen Plus. A unique rating that falls somewhere in between “T” and “Mature.” Typically targeting readers ages 16 and up, these books will likely contain some profanity and suggestive themes, but no nudity.
  • Mature. Intended for readers 18 and older. May contain nudity, intense violence, extensive profanity, and sexual themes.

 

Where Can I Find More?

Diamond Comic Distributors website, Kidscomics.com, is a resource that offers a wealth of recommendations for parents.

Still, the best comic book rating system for your family is you, the parent. Don’t be afraid to take time to read the books your kids are interested in and then to decide whether or not they are appropriate for your household.

 

Mike Nappa is an author of more than 50 books. He is also the founder of Nappaland Literary Agency and a former book acquisitions editor. He is featured each month in ParentLife magazine and in Trends and Truth Online on the ParentLife blog.

Captain Underpants Speaks to Parents! An Interview with Dav Pilkey {Trends and Truth Online with Mike Nappa}

 

Dav Pilkey is the creator of the New York Times bestselling kids’ series, Captain Underpants. Recently, he took a little time away from his Captainly duties to answer a few questions for ParentLife readers:

T&TO: What should every parent know about Captain Underpants?

Pilkey: I purposely designed each [Captain Underpants] book so they would not only be fun to read, they’d be easy to read. Each story has short chapters and pictures on every page, but the humor is aimed squarely at third and fourth graders (and above). My goal was to present kids with a series that would give even the most reluctant readers a feeling of success.

T&TO: What makes writing Captain Underpants worthwhile for you?

Pilkey: I feel very motivated by all of the positive feedback I get from parents and teachers and librarians. They tell similar stories, always about a kid who refused to read until they were introduced to Captain Underpants—then everything changed…I just heard from a grandmother the other day who had to yell at her granddaughter to STOP reading (apparently it was way past her bedtime, and she was under the covers with a flashlight).

T&TO: According to ALA, Captain Underpants books are among the “most-challenged” books by parents and librarians. Why?

Pilkey: The reason the Captain Underpants books have been challenged by a small handful of “concerned grown-ups” is usually because of the humor. These books do tend to involve villainous toilets and booger monsters and things like that. Of course, that’s part of the appeal for most kids, but I understand that there are some grown-ups out there who are not amused by such things.

One angry lady in California complained to her local newspaper that certain characters in my books had engaged in name-calling and had “no moral value.” Oddly, she was referring to the villains. I remember thinking, “Aren’t bad guys supposed to behave badly?”

I actually think kids are smart enough to get the point of these silly books of mine. They realize that the bad guys are evil and the heroes are loyal, brave, and good-hearted. Kids totally get it, and fortunately most adults do too.

T&TO: Any last thoughts for our readers?

Pilkey: Every month I get hundreds of original hand-drawn comic book adventures written and illustrated by kids all over the world. Just last week I got two 16-page full color comics written and illustrated by a twelve-year-old from Australia. Earlier this year, I got some comics from a kid in Thailand. I couldn’t read them, but the illustrations were beautiful.

The amazing thing to me is that these comic books aren’t assignments. Nobody forced those kids to make an original comic book. These are things that kids have decided to do on their own—for fun!

It’s going to be exciting to see what happens when these kids grow up!

Mike Nappa is an author of more than 50 books. He is also the founder of Nappaland Literary Agency and a former book acquisitions editor. He is featured each month in ParentLife magazine and in Trends and Truth Online on the ParentLife blog.

Resources for Parents from Jennifer Holt

To go along with Jennifer Holt’s article on being a social butterfly in the January issue, here are some extra resources for parents.

 

 

New Year’s Organization with Neat Digital Filing

Tech expert or not, Neat’s Digital Filing System is easy to use. Neat provides users with the unique ability to acquire, organize, access, and activate their information by using one simple platform. Using Neat’s software, information from documents is identified and extracted to create a keyword searchable database. Users can also generate reports, create contact databases, and manage documents quickly and easily.

  • Free up some space in the office by eliminating those paper piles. Archive important information such as medical, insurance, and tax documents in order to access any piece of information directly from your mobile device and easily share through NeatCloud with an accountant or lawyer.
  • Capture information immediately with NeatMobile by scanning receipts or business cards directly into your Neat account and with the help of NeatCloud create expense reports directly from your mobile device.
  • Clear clutter in the glove compartment of your car by scanning automobile information such as: warranties, insurance documents, maintenance receipts, etc. and using NeatMobile, access whatever you need from anytime, anywhere.
  • De-clutter your kitchen by creating a digital recipe box. Scan favorite magazine clippings, family recipes, or even import recipes from favorite websites and search by ingredient or dish for quick access
  • Clear some space on your fridge by digitizing children’s artwork or report cards in order to make room for more. NeatCloud will allow you to share these precious memories and proud moments with a family member or spouse.

Neat has systems for MACs and PCs. Check out Neat.com for more information.

Could you use a little digital organization? I know I could!