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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson {A Flyby Review}

Being one of those oddball families that doesn't have cable TV and didn't get swept up in the Duck Dynasty phenomenon, we were late comers to the Duck Dynasty band wagon.  As a Christian though, long before I ever saw the show, I respected what I heard about their values and convictions.  And as I did watch the show, I was impressed with what I saw, with the way they related to each other and the importance of family and their unwavering faith.  So when I had the chance to review Strong and Kind: and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson, I happily volunteered.

About Strong and Kind:
In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 

 About Korie Robertson:Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana. 

OBM says:  If you've read my blog much at all, you know I'm not a big "self help" sort of gal.  And as a mother of 4, with my youngest being 10, it's a little late in the game for most parenting advice.  I say both of those things so you can be suitably impressed when I say I have really enjoyed Strong and Kind.   I found the premise of thinking of what 2 traits I'd like to see most in my children to be something I hadn't really considered.  And I found much of the advice really echoed Biblical truths that have been particularly powerful to me.  The idea in chapter 6 of seeing your child as the adult you want them to be was like a big "why have I never thought of it that way" moment to me.  It's the same "begin with the end in mind" wisdom as another popular book offers up, but this time applied to parenting, not career.  Sometimes, you just need to hear someone else say something you already know in a slightly different way for it to click, and that happened a lot for me in just the first third of the book I've read.  (I'm kind of savoring it and working my way through it more slowly.)  I can't wait to finish it, and I definitely recommend it to other parents no matter what ages your kids are.

Strong and Kind is available TODAY.  To learn more, visit Strong and Kind's official website.  Korie's Facebook page and Twitter account have more information and her Instagram account has lots of fun pictures!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

FINDING NOAH {A Flyby Review}

Guess what I was watching Sunday night?  This super-cool new documentary called FINDING NOAH, coming to theaters for ONE day only on October 8th.

For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat.  Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.
 Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat's desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question:  did Noah and his Ark actually exist?
 Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.  

 OBM says:  FINDING NOAH was such an eye opener,  First, to hear about so many eyewitness accounts of the ark (some of which I had heard before, but some were new to me).  Second, to see such a diverse team come together for the spiritual and scientific purpose of finding the ark on Mt. Ararat.  Third, to learn of all the turbulence in the area, and the extreme difficulties of getting up there at all.  And finally, to learn that this group has been pursuing the ark with trips up Ararat for years.  The end of the movie is a great reminder of the sovereignty of God in all things.  I enjoyed it so much, I went back and rewatched the beginning now that I knew who everyone was on the mountain, just to again be reminded of their backgrounds in everyday life, because they all really work well together against incredible odds to get the job done that they need to do.  While vastly interesting to me as a Christian, I think this movie is interesting to anyone who enjoys mountain climbing or history or just seeing people try to find proof of something that is thought to exist, but can't be found today.  I'd highly recommend you go see it on the 8th!

You can purchase your tickets for FINDING NOAH here.  Or visit the FINDING NOAH website of more information.

FINDING NOAH on Facebook
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