Thursday, November 4, 2010

DVD Review and Our First Giveaway

First a little background, then the giveaway... (or remember) Phil Vischer, a talented fellow who is best known for creating productions for children. His first project was the Veggie Tales series characterized by the motto: "Sunday Morning Values, Saturday Morning Fun." Whatever your opinion of the original Veggie Tales, Mr. Vischer has begun a new series. While the former focused on values, the latter purports to be centered on the Gospel.

I must confess, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, Tyndale kindly sent me a copy of the fourth DVD in the What's In the Bible series: Battle for the Promised Land in exchange for my honest opinion. I was pleasantly surprised by the clear communication of the Gospel and the detailed information that was shared in a visual way. While I didn't find this DVD as entertaining or captivating as Veggie Tales, it compensated for it with its improved emphasis on the Gospel. However, what good is the DVD if it has good content with a boring presentation? On the contrary, although I (being an adult) was a little bored with the presentation, by the end of the DVD, my daughter was already asking, "Are there more in this series? Can we get them? Are there any books?"

Following the DVD, I asked my daughter some questions for Tyndale:

  • Did she learn from it?
    • "Yes, I learned about the Historical Books of the Bible." (Joshua-Esther)
  • Did you find it entertaining?
    • "Yes."
  • Would you like to watch the rest of the series?
    • "Yes!"
  • Who is your favorite character?
    • "I like them all the same."

Cover: Battle for the Promised Land!Like most products, this one could be improved. For example, I didn't appreciate a couple of jokes referencing underpants in the beginning of the DVD. However, all in all, I think the whole family can benefit from this DVD as the Gospel is clearly presented and the information has more depth than other materials that I have seen for this age. Younger children will probably benefit from watching the DVD in parts since it is 60-minutes in its entirety, but Tyndale conveniently thought of this and split the presentation into two parts. For more information, visit or

Now for the exciting news: I get to do our very first blog giveaway, compliments of Tyndale House Publishers! I have an award certificate for the above-titled DVD so you can form your own opinion. ;) You have several chances to win:

  1. Post a comment or email me stating one thing that God is teaching you recently about/from the Bible.
  2. Subscribe to my blog and/or let me know that you're a subscriber via a comment.
  3. Share about this giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook and post the link in the comments section.
Comments will be accepted until 9:00PM, EST, Thursday, November 4, 2010, and the winner will be announced on Friday, November 5, 2010. Make sure I have a way to contact you so that I can let you know if you're the winner as I'll need to secure a mailing address to mail you the certificate for your free DVD. ;)

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!

* Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this DVD in exchange for my honest opinion!


Aaron said...

God's been teaching me (again) about the need to trust Him and obey. I'm reading Exodus, so this is a big theme, obviously...

Unknown said...

God has been teaching me about loving my enemies. Not just refraining from retaliation but showing them LOVE.

katie said...

God has been teaching me about his faithfulness, I've been a follower for ten years, but am amazed at how little I've trusted him to provide, to rescue, to save, to teach. I keep trying to do the work on my own, when he wants to do so much for me.

I wasn't sure if my kids would like the "What's in the Bible?" series, but when one of my boys, who is usually very difficult to engage in lessons said, "this video is so much fun and I'm learning so much," while we were watching the genesis video I knew we had a winner

Cheryl said...

God has been teaching me about prayer. I have learned a lot this past 14 months as our oldest has gone 2000 miles away to college. As it says in I Peter 5:7, I have been learning, and am still learning to cast all my cares on Him, for He careth for me.

Steph B. said...

What God is teaching me? He is reminding me over and over and over again that HE loves me no matter what! My sins are forgiven. I stand in AWE!

Steph B. said...

Well I haven't subscribed to your blog yet, but I read it all of the time :) :)

Cheryl said...

I am glad that you posted your reminder on HSB again. I didn't book mark your blog and I couldn't find it. I am now following you under blogger.

The video clip you have is great. I can see where these will be good videos for kids.