Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cokeville Miracle {Written by Emilee}

I don't go to the movie theatre as often as others because I have young children. So, I was excited when I got the opportunity to review The Cokeville Miracle in the comfort of my home. 

And here is the trailer...


On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes ... what do you see?

Here is a video by One Voice Choir singing A Child's Prayer by Janice Kapp Perry. My niece is in this choir and you can see her many times in the video. I'm so proud of her.


About the author:

EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and though largely known for its Mormon-themed films (God’s Army, The Work & the Glory series, 17 Miracles, Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Excel has also had success releasing films with non-Mormon themes and stories (Forever Strong, Saints & Soldiers, etc.). Although the technology and means by which audiences consume films is changing rapidly, the demand for highly creative storytelling that motivates us to live up to the light that each of us has been given is as high as ever. We feel a deep obligation to not only bring stories of hope to the world, but to promote films with high standards of craftsmanship reflective of a belief in a divine and benevolent creator.

In my opinion:

If you haven't had the chance to watch The Cokeville Miracle, you are missing out. It is a remarkable story where a miracle took place in Cokeville, Wyoming. David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage. The children were definitely watched over that day and angels were surrounding them to make sure they were safe. It is hard for me to believe that some don't believe in angels and miracles. We do have a Heavenly Father who loves us. Yes, life is hard and we go through difficult challenges but we will all find miracles in our life whether small or large. I know that to be true. Why do miracles happen to some people and not others? This movie was well made and I enjoyed the entire film.

I never heard of the story because I was young when it happened back in 1986. It is a story about having faith in God and the miracles that surrounded a school full of children. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to hurt children or anyone. I couldn't imagine putting myself in the parents shoes. It would have been so scary. I'm now grateful that our school is locked up. I didn't understand at first why I needed to go through the office but now I'm so glad that our children will be safe. I highly enjoyed this movie and recommend it to everyone. Be sure to watch it as I know you will enjoy it.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Highway to Dhampus VIP Pre-Screening review {Written by Emilee}

The highlight of my week was when I went to a VIP pre-screening of the new movie,

 Highway to Dhampus


This beautifully shot, contemplative film transports the viewer to the stunning countryside of Nepal. An inspiring story written and directed by Utah native Rick McFarland, and filmed almost entirely in Nepal, Highway to Dhampus follows the headmistress of a small orphanage in Nepal who is visited by a rich British socialite attempting to fix her public image through charitable acts. A providential chain of events is set in motion that affects everyone involved, and ultimately, each character discovers their own reasons to change for the better.

About the director:

For the screenplay of "Dhampus", Rick took a research trip to Kathmandu in 2011. He found a country that was both absolutely foreign and yet strangely similar to his home state of Utah. Once the script was finished, casting and filming began in 2012. Highway to Dhampus was the first independent feature film shot entirely in Nepal by a foreign director and crew. It is also a deeply personal film for Rick, drawing much from his own experiences and transposing them into a Nepali setting.

In Tiffany's opinion:

Highway to Dhamphus was a thought provoking and touching movie. This must see film was based in Napal, and portrays experiences the characters have when faced with encounters of relationships, judgment, culture differences, love and loss. This also examines the hardships of Nepali’s, while contrasting the ability for characters to change for the better.  Although there were questions left unanswered regarding the character’s background, I recommend this movie because it was intriguing, romantic, and entertaining. 

In Emilee's opinion:

Before I went to see the pre-screening of Highway to Dhampus, I watched the trailer. I became excited because it seemed like the type of film I would go see. I was right! Highway to Dhampus was moving and outstanding. The music was calm and peaceful and I felt that I was involved somehow in the story. After viewing the film, the director, Rick McFarland did a Q/A session. He told us how characters were chosen carefully through different countries. It was a long process. I felt the characters were chosen perfectly. I grew to love each one especially Laxmi and Ajit. I loved that the director made a clean film that spoke to him personally. Love can dwell without being physical or going beyond chastity barriers. McFarland wanted a love story without the physical part which was fantastic.

During the Q/A session, there were a few questions asked regarding characters being undeveloped. I wish we could have known more about Elizabeth's character as well as Colt. What was their deal? Did they have a brother/sister relationship or something deeper? It seemed that Colt's natural man came out quite a bit and that he needed time to grow. Elizabeth's character grew quickly. At first, she felt the area was dirty and unclean. She also didn't want to be at the orphanage. However, her second trip was quite different. She changed and grew to love the children. Some of us are easy to teach while others take awhile to let go of the natural man. So, there were a few unanswered questions but that was McFarland's point. He wanted complexity so his audience could figure it out on their own.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and highly recommend it. The film releases on October 9th at the following theatres:

Megaplex Jordan Commons (Sandy)
Megaplex Geneva Road (Vineyard)
Cinemark University Mall (Orem)
Megaplex Main Street (St. George)

For more information, visit the website at

This film will release in select theaters on October 9, 2015.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 28, 2015

When Calls the Heart Season Two: Heart and Home {Written by Emilee}

Since I'm a huge fan of When Calls the heart, here is another episode review of season two:

Heart and home




When Calls The Heart

“Heart and Home”

Available Now

From the Television Series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke

Nashville , Tennessee- When Calls the Heart, Produced by Michael Landon Jr. and inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of privilege, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   Still anxious to win the approval of Elizabeth’s father, Jack now has to overcome an unforseen problem- his brother.  He and Elizabeth’s sister Julie are now planning to run off together, infuriating her father, and complicating Jack’s own plans of courting Elizabeth.  To make matters worse, his brother Tom, and Julie are in an automobile accident. 

When Calls the Heart- “Heart and Soul” is a feature length film from the episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series.  Season two of theWhen Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 2 million viewers.   Distributed by Word Entertainment, previous DVD’s are available to purchase in Christian Retail.

Synopsis  From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, “a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love” (Common Sense Media). Jack and Elizabeth leave Hope Valley and rush back to the city of Hamilton when they learn that Jack’s brother, Tom, was involved in an automobile accident… with Elizabeth’s sister, Julie! But Tom and Julie are hiding something about the incident, a deceit that puts Jack and Elizabeth at odds with their families… and with each other. Their trip is further complicated when Tom and Julie endeavour to run off together – via train this time – and Elizabeth’s father offers Jack a job – an offer that puts Jack and Elizabeth’s fledgling romance in peril yet again.

Michael Landon Jr. – Executive Producer:  Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family.  He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.

 Brian Bird- Executive Producer : Brian Bird is co-founder with partner Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company.  He was co-executive producer and writer on the successful television series, Touched by an Angel.  Adding to Brian’s success, he had also written and produced episodes of Evening Shade, Step by Step and The Family Man.  Most recently, Bird wrote and produced Gametime, a two-hour television pilot for NBC, The Shunning, inspired by the novel by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, for the Hallmark Channel, and Not Easily Broken, adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and released theatrically by Sony/TriStar.

About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

In my opinion:

It isn't hard to get excited about reviewing another episode of When Calls the Heart. It is currently one of my favorite tv shows. If you haven't already seen When Calls the Heart, I suggest that you start with Season 1.

In this episode: Heart and Home, there is a lot going on and more drama. I love all of the characters whether they are bad or good. In this episode, we hear of a tragic accident between Tom and Julie. Who is at fault? Who is blamed? Well, you will need to watch this episode to find out. Also, love is up in the air. Can Jack and Elizabeth get through their differences? Why did Elizabeth's father offer Jack a job? Will he take it? There is also a time for forgiveness. Will Abigail forgive Bill Avery? Will she find love again? I only wish that Abigail will find someone to love and maybe in this episode she will.

I loved that there are so many characters in this episode. It made it exciting and worth watching. I definitely recommend that you watch each of the episodes of When Calls the Heart. It is heart warming and perfect for the family to watch together. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, September 25, 2015

When I'm a Missionary by Merrilee Boyack {Written by Tiffany}

Today, I wanted to share my review of 
“When I’m A Missionary” by Merrilee Boyack

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Home Can Be a Holy Place by Kristen M. Oaks & CD {Written by Tiffany}

Today, we wanted to share a book and cd with all of you. The book is titled "My Home Can Be a Holy Place" 
by Kristen M. Oaks 

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans {Written by Emilee}

I'm excited to be apart of a blog tour for Jacob Gowans novels A Tale of Light and Shadow and A Tale of Light and Shadow, Vol. 2: Secrets of Neverak.

I'll start with Vol. 1...

A Tale of Light and Shadow


Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it; where magic is feared by all but a few; where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. Unknown to either, a dark prophecy has set in motion events which will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas by eclipsing the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

In my opinion:

I thought that A Tale of Light and Shadow would be a fantasy. So, I was a little nervous about committing to reading these books. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't a typical fantasy novel but a story about love, friendship and adventure. Thank goodness. I'm normally not a fan of fantasy so I was happy that it was more of a love story. I took a chance and now have added another author to my favorites list. Jacob Gowans not only surprised me by his brilliant writing but I was on the edge of my chair the entire time. I loved his style of writing. He kept me wanting more. If you plan on buying the first volume, you better get the second so you can start reading the moment you finish the first volume. His descriptions were wonderfully written and I felt that I was right beside Henry and Isabelle on their adventures. Overall, I loved this novel and look forward to reading more of A Tale of Light and Shadow.

A Tale of Light and Shadow, Vol. 2: Secrets of Neverak

Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.
Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

JACOB GOWANS was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater studies and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services.

In my opinion:

I absolutely loved reading book 1 and book 2 back to back. It helped me remember the characters and their experiences.  Jacob Gowans delivered another brilliant story and I was on the edge of my seat again. What would happen? Would Isabelle escape her enemies? Could Henry rely on his friends for help? There was a lot happening in the second book which helped me get through. I normally like shorter books but Gowans didn't let me down so it didn't feel so long. The adventure continued and their journey was challenging and dangerous. There were parts I skipped because other characters drew me in. Although Isabelle was imprisoned in the Emperor of Neverack's palace, I wanted her to escape. I wanted the other concubines to figure out that they were slaves too. It was sort of weird that the other girls were enjoying their lifestyle. There was a lot of jumping from one character to the next but it was also exciting. There is definitely another book because there is more to the story. I'm looking forward to the next novel and was very pleased with Gowans style of writing. Well done!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

90 Minutes In Heaven The Movie Exclusive Promotion & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

Today, I have a remarkable book to share with you. You won't want to miss reading this review of

90 Minutes in Heaven

About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  

About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision. 

About the book:
Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

S O C I A L • C O R N E R

In my opinion:

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity of reviewing the book, 90 minutes in Heaven. It was spectacular and I'm excited to see the film. I was able to view an exclusive link to the opening scene of the movie which was amazing. I actually thought I was going to see the entire film. I failed to read the entire email from my sponsor so I was a little disappointed but I know I'll be seeing the movie soon. 90 minutes in Heaven will be in theaters starting on September 11th so only a few short days away. However, I felt that one should read the book first to get all of the details before watching the movie.

The book was hard to put down. It was inspiring and well written. I know we go through challenges and experiences for a reason and in Don's case, it was to lift others up. He went through so much but in the end was able to help thousands or even millions. It was a touching and moving story of death and life. I'm planning on sending my copy to my cousin who recently lost her mom (my Aunt). I felt that it will lift up her spirits and help her know her mom is in a better place waiting for her arrival. Heaven is a wonderful place and I look forward to when I will greet all of my loved ones. I'm grateful for eternal families and know that we will all be together again. I know I'll be here a long time and even joke that I'll make it to 100. So, we need to make the most of our journey here on earth. We need to look forward feasting upon the words of Christ. We can be uplifted through other people's experiences and who knows we may relate in some way. 

One suggestion I have is for Don's wife to write a story or book. It would be nice to read her perspective of being the caretaker. I'm about 90% caretaker to my two year old daughter, Elizabeth. She has epilepsy, microcephaly and polymicrogyria. She is on many medications and has a g-tube. It is very challenging but well worth it to have her in my life. I felt like Eva in the story. There was a bit about Eva's thoughts so I appreciated reading it.

Overall, I appreciated reading Don's story of death and life. I highly recommend reading 90 minutes in Heaven. It was definitely worth my time and time is precious these days.

Now, onto the giveaway...please enter. One reader will win a copy of the 90 minutes in Heaven movie edition book.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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