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Out of the Dark and Unfinished

Mandisa is releasing her first album in almost four years. Many times when artists take a break like that their return album lacks. This is not the case with the beloved Mandisa and her recently released album, Out of the Dark. In this album Mandisa allows herself to be vulnerable. Over the past few years, she personally struggled with real life issues like depression, addiction and more. Rather than skirting around the issues, she met them head on in the recording studio. Her powerful voice paired with encouraging lyrics, the album becomes a theme of redemption the listener can relate with. Everyone who knows Mandisa’s music knows her song Overcomer and few know the story behind the song. Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of […]

Smurfs, The Lost Village (Movie Ticket Giveaway)

I grew up watching Papa Smurf and all the other smurfs on TV. In fact, I still have a collection of rubber Smurf figurines from my childhood. Much has changed since the time of the cartoon characters that I remember. This weekend the Smurfs return to the big screen in a new movie. This weekend marks the opening of the new Smurfs movie, Smurfs The Lost Village. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette exciting adventure. It becomes a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest. Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty are off on a journey to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!   A whole new world is now playing the #smurfmovie. Enter to win tickets from #Flyby Click To Tweet   On the website for Smurfs The Lost Village, you will find loads of entertainment. They have created things like coloring sheets, how to draw a Smurf, a smurf quiz, and even some smurfy recipes. A whole new world awaits you and your family at the movies this weekend. To help out I am giving away two free movie tickets right here on my blog. This is a quick entry as time is limited. I want to be sure you have a chance to use these passes from Fandango before time runs out. […]

Giveaway $25 Family Christian Gift Card (Review)

Ever want to brighten your day, I would say visit your local Family Christian store. I have been a patron of Family Christian stores ever since my wife introduced me to them over a decade ago. Since then it has become a traditional store for us to visit. Usually around Christmas time as well as when there is a birthday or other celebration coming up. One thing that I have noticed about any Family Christian Store I have been in, it’s the people. My latest trip to my local store this past week was no exception. Driving out there on my lunch break, in hopes that I would be able to get in and out quickly. I was greeted by the assistant manager, Patricia with a smile and words of blessings. Only after the cheerful greeting did she offer assistance. Unlike many retail stores, you could tell her spirit and heart truly meant the words she shared. After declining her generous offer to help, I proceeded to peruse around the store. There was a buy one get one 50% off Sale going on that peaked my interest. With brick and mortar stores these days, without an appealing sale, people are inclined to stay at home and order off the web. I wandered around the store and before I knew it I had been there over thirty minutes. Still with no purchase in hand. It was not for not finding one; it was from finding so many and having to decide. Finally, I chose two books by Stan Toler that I […]