Big Thoughts for Little People – the New App and a Giveaway

Tyndale House Publishers is excited to announce its first children’s app. Released to the iTunes store in January, 2015, the Big Thoughts for Little People app is the perfect companion to the bestselling alphabet book with the same name, written by Dr. Ken Taylor (over 560,000 sold).

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In the app, each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by five unique interactive games designed to teach children letter recognition and beginning word identification skills. Activities include matching games, coloring activities, puzzles, picture comparison, and much more!

The Big Thoughts for Little People app will encourage kids to remember that God has created each of them and the world they live in. This app is a worthwhile investment in any child’s spiritual and educational growth.



Courtesy of Tyndale House, we have 5 copies of the book Big Thoughts for Little People to give away. It’s a beautifully illustrated, hardcover book that would be wonderful for your kids or to give awy. Enter using Rafflecopter below!

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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: Oct. 15 Giveaway: ParentLife Subscription

Congratulations to Amy Alsup Hess! She won the 1-year subscription to ParentLife.

Today’s giveaway is for one subscription to ParentLife magazine! Enjoy 12 issues full of Christian insight for parents of children ages 0 to 12. We tackle tough topics like bullying and teaching your kids about grief, but we also include lots of fun with craft ideas and activities to do as a family.

If you are already a subscriber, this would make a great gift for your best friend, sister, or ministry leader’s wife.

Enter using the form below:

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Don’t Forget!

Don’t forget to enter the March giveaway! You can enter by scrolling down on that post and answering the question or answering this question on fathering that we posted last week. We’re giving away some wonderful books, so you should definitely comment for a chance to win!

December Giveaway

With all the excitement of our Black Friday giveaway, we’re a little behind getting this one up … but we guess you’re probably a little behind in stuff, too, due to the holidays!

This month we’re giving away one Levels of Biblical Learning Super-Duper Prize Pack! Our prize pack includes the following:

God’s Creation stickers
Names of God stickers
God Loves Me stickers
Bible Times stickers
Kind Words stickers
• 1 copy of Super Duper Fun & Exciting Absolutely Thought-Igniting Bible Activities for Kids : 1st through 6th grade edition
Creation Box Puzzle (which includes 4 different small puzzles)
Solomon’s Temple Floor Puzzle
Magnetic Picture Frame Craft Pack
"I Love You" Cards Craft Pack (great for Valentine’s Day)

This would make a wonderful gift to your child’s Sunday School teacher or to have at home for ideas for your children! It’s a prize pack worth over $85 that will go to one blessed winner who comments on any ParentLife post during the month of December.

Best wishes!

Winner will be chosen January 3, 2011. USA only. LifeWay Employees are not eligible to win.


November Giveaway

It’s November! Do you feel the holidays beginning to breathe their "parumpa-pum-pum" rhythym? With a baby due on December 22nd, I definitely do! Now that we’re through a whirlwind week of two birthdays, four grandparents and one aunt visiting, one big birthday bash, and some trunk-or-treating, "baby time" seems even more close. Which means you have about 7 and a half weeks until Christmas!

For our November giveaway, we’re doling out TEN fun Christmas books for you and your kids.

 wonderofchristmas.gifHere are the ten books we’re giving away:

 The Wonder of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall

Away in a Manger by Mike Jaroszko

Tonight You Are My Baby (Board Book) by Jeannine Q. Norris

Pocket’s Christmas Wish by Ann Bonwill and Russell Julian

starofchristmasbook.jpgThe Star of Christmas by Maria T. DiVencenzo

Holiday Cupcakes by Annie Rigg

Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God’s Bounty by Benita Long

Christmas Cooking with Kids by Annie Rigg

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen by Jessica Strand

Better Home and Gardens’ Best of Christmas Ideas

To enter, leave a comment on this post with one of your favorite Christmas books or family traditions. If you’d like, you can also comment which of these books you would like to have the most, and we’ll take that into consideration if you are a winner!

Winners will be selected December 1, 2010. LifeWay employees are not eligible to win.


September Giveaway Winners!

We would like to congratulate Nancy, Wendy, Jennifer, Dori, Sheila, Angelia, Chris, Wanda, and Christina — all winners in our September giveaway for posting on our blog druing the month of September!

KidsMinistry101cover.jpgRubysslipperscover.jpgOur giveaway this month provides a copy of LifeWay’s Kids Ministry 101 for our children’s ministers who posted. 

Or one of the latest titles from B&H Fiction, such as Leanna Ellis’ Ruby’s Slippers, for parents.

 Be sure to check back for our October giveaway announcement tomorrow!

July Giveaway Reminder — Don’t forget!

Don’t forget!! There is still time to get involved in our July giveaway. This month we are giving away products from our new Levels of Biblical Learning line of products. Click here for more information.

13_LOBL.jpgEveryone* who posts a comment on our blog during the month of July will be entered to win some of our new Levels of Biblical Learning products!

These products also are available for purchase online or in your local LifeWay Christian Store.

*LifeWay employees are not eligible for this giveaway. Multiple comments do not increase chances of winning.