Release Day Review!

I am so honored to share this stellar review from Jonathan Rodgers at The Rabbit Room. Jonathan captures so much about Sing the Bible Volume 2 in fewer words than I could have imagined possible.

Right in the middle of Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible, Volume 2 is a song that doesn’t even pretend to be for children. This one is for the parents:

Hear, O Israel—
The Lord your God, the Lord is One.
These commandments that I give to you today
Are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home
And when you walk along the road.
When you lie down.
When you get up.

And when you ride around in your minivan, it could have said. And when you’re fixing lunch, and when you’re tempted to plop the kids down in front of the TV just to get them out of your hair for a little while, is that too much to ask?

SBStB2Cover_FinalRandall Goodgame’s Sing the Bible records don’t just offer up that kind of Scripture-saturation as an ideal to strive for; they create the conditions under which it becomes a reality, even a norm. Since I got my copy of Sing the Bible, Volume 2, my car has become a rolling Scripture sauna, where my kids and I breathe the shared air of word-for-word Bible verses…

Read the full review here.

You’ve Gotta See This

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Fans of Sing the Bible Volume 1, listen up!  There is a movie out that you MUST SEE. 

If you love Sing the Bible Volume 1, you owe it to yourself and your kids to go see Imba Means Sing. Imba Means Sing is a fantastic and deeply moving documentary about the African Children Choir. But these aren’t just any amazing ACC kids, this movie is about the actual Ugandan kids that sing on Sing the Bible Vol 1!.

The main boy in the movie, Moses, is the same boy that reads “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” on “Freedom” – Sing the Bible’s opening track. Listen for yourself right here…

 

This is a big deal. The filmmakers spent 3 years following this African Children’s Choir around the world and made a brilliant documentary all about their journey. It is deeply moving while also being educational and full of hope. We want our children to be aware of their privilege and the vast disparity in the world, but it can be difficult to find a way to introduce children to the reality of poverty. Imba goes there but with great hope for the future.  Please, check out the screening schedule and if it’s coming near you, go see it! You will be so glad you did.

Also, if you don’t blink, you’ll catch a glimpse of yours truly leading the choir in the studio here in Nashville. That’s right, I’m in the movie! Amazingly, 100% of profits are going to support the education of children in Africa, which is why Im working hard to spread the word about the film.
imbafilm.com is the website
Here is the trailer
LINK TO ORDER ON iTUNES: http://apple.co/1YHQIpI

OR – you can check it out on NETFLIX.

If you’ve been moved by Sing the Bible Volume 1, this is a great chance to say thanks to those kids.  100% of profits go to support the education of ACC kids!  🙂 (Purchase their DVD here.)

Info for sharing Imba
Imba Means Sing Facebook page (@Imba Means Sing)
Twitter page (@imbameanssing)
hashtag #ImbaMeansSing

African Children’s Choir
Facebook (@African Children’s Choir)
Twitter (@ACChoir)

Thank you, awesome readers! I hope this movie gets in front of as many people as possible. And I hope that starts with you! Bring your kids! It is very appropriate for all ages.share watch give

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Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music.

To order the Dove Award nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Vol 1 – click here.

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Livi Goodgame’s Slugs & Bugs 101

As many of you know, my 14 year old daughter, Livi, is touring with me full time this January through May. She sings, plays fiddle, leads hand motions, trains the merchandise volunteers, helps load in and tear down and is always great company.  This is March, so we’re over halfway through this sweet season and I’m already bracing myself for when she goes to high school this Fall.

For now, though, Livi is neck deep in the Slugs & Bugs day-to-day. She likes helping me think about how to spread the word about Slugs & Bugs music, and a few weeks ago, she surprised me with this amazing video. (Kids these days! I didn’t even know she knew how to edit!)

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Review Week! Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

All this week, I’ll be postings short reviews (and doing GIVEAWAYS!!) of new book releases that I think the Slugs & Bugs Blog readers will enjoy. Today’s review… Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson.

Too many voices clamor for attention. Many are unworthy of it. It is a pleasure and an honor, then, to lift up a worthy voice like Sally Clarkson’s.

Frankly, it is easy to imagine Sally as one of those untouchable mother/wife heroines who simply has it all together. She is wise and accomplished with a happy marriage and 4 brilliant, healthy, happy, full grown kids who are already adding to the Clarkson legacy. Thankfully, Own Your Life dispels that notion as quickly as Sally does in person as a humble listener, quick to admit her own faults and failings.

The messages of Own Your Life are familiar. Live with intention. Trust God. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Develop new habits. But this is not a book you’ve read before. From a well as deep as Sally Clarkson’s, these messages come alive with grit and vigor and strength. I love her repeated admonition to “follow hard” after Jesus, and in her own life stories, readers will find real encouragement to do just that.

This book was written for women, but Sally’s stories and insight were valuable to me throughout, as were the frequent Scripture references. However, I think chapter 7 was my favorite. “Allowing God’s Spirit to Breathe In You” – is a wonderful reminder of the intimate freshness of the Holy Spirit’s presence. A few excerpts:

Living in the Spirit is an active choice of your will. He will not force himself on you. Even as you choose to stop at a red light because you know it is the right thing to do, you can stop giving into your flesh, your striving, jealousy, pettiness – with the help of God’s Spirit. 

We are all works in progress. Rather than trying to be perfect in our own strength, God calls us to rest in Him. To learn from Him. To practice loving through Him. To talk to Him.

It reminded me of the earthy, tangible way Billy Graham’s classic book The Holy Spirit explained the easy accessibility of the Spirit of God.

Last year, on a Slugs & Bugs tour through Colorado, Sally and her husband Clay were my kind hosts for a weekend. It was such a pleasure getting to spend time with them and two of their grown children. Reading Own Your Life gives me a deeper look into their family story, and serves as a rich blueprint for a life well lived.

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Lucky for you, I’ve got two copies to give away! You can’t have mine – it’s earmarked and my wife has already claimed it. But you could win one of these two copies if you leave a comment below telling us your favorite breakfast food. To encourage you, I’ll tell you mine is either fried eggs on toast or a bowl of Corn Chex sprinkled with fresh blackberries.

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Review Week! The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

All this week, I’ll be postings short reviews (and doing GIVEAWAYS!!) of new book releases that I think the Slugs & Bugs Blog readers will enjoy. Today’s review… The Green Ember!

My heart leaps! It LEAPS I tell you! Last week The Green Ember was the #1 Children’s Fantasy novel on amazon.com. That means the world is beginning to  learn about Heather and Picket Longtreader.

I am excited because author S.D. Smith (proprietor of storywarren.com) is my friend, but even if he were my arch nemesis, I would have been swept into this finely written tale of peril and beauty, treachery and hope. The brief prologue ends with a mysterious, captivating call that echoes throughout the rest of the story.

“My place beside you, my blood for yours! Till the Green Ember rises or the end of the world!”

What ho! I read that line and cheered. And blessedly, the action pitched and careened from there with a deft storyteller’s touch. With rich character development and brisk, thoughtful dialogue, The Green Ember fully lives up to the implicit claims within that stirring start.

In case you’re still on the fence about this fantastic debut novel, here’s what my son Jonah had to say (Jonah is 11, he read  the LOTR trilogy for the first time when he was 9. He was recently spotted on the playground halfway through Tolkein’s Silmarillion, and for two years, his favorite book has been Watership Down).

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“If you’ve ever liked a book, I think you’ll like The Green Ember

– Jonah Goodgame (for Jonah’s spontaneous video review, click here)

It brings me great pleasure to recommend The Green Ember to readers of every age, everywhere. Even for the illiterate, S.D. has provided through the audiobook version, delightfully voiced by Joel Clarkson (available at thegreenember.com). And if you visit their website today, you’ll see The Green Ember is FREE today in the kindle store. FREE!!

Of course, eventually you’ll want the real book. The Green Ember belongs on a shelf in your home. So leave a comment below naming a favorite family activity, and you’ll be entered to win  your own copy of The Green Ember. 

(for example, if you like hiking with your family, just leave a comment that says: hiking.) Winners revealed next week!

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Review and Giveaway! Scary Close by Donald Miller

All this week, I’ll be postings short reviews (and doing GIVEAWAYS!!) of new book releases that I think the Slugs & Bugs Blog readers will enjoy. First up, Scary Close by Donald Miller.

I read and enjoyed Don’s breakout best seller, Blue Like Jazz. And I listened to A Million Miles In A Thousand Years while flying to Ethiopia to pick up our youngest son. It was a fitting companion for a guy on a life changing journey.

In Scary Close, Donald Miller takes the reader on a different kind of journey. Harnessing his gift for concise, readable prose, Miller reveals the deep loneliness and fear that he carried from his childhood through his tremendous success as an author, and shares the touchstones that lead to healing with surprising vulnerability and candor. It is a compelling, deeply insightful read that challenges the reader to consider ways he or she might sabotage their relationships without knowing it. Whether from the perspective of a husband, friend or parent, Scary Close will help any reader uncover relational blind spots.

All that said, the book covers terribly personal, internal ground, and there may be a few moments where you disagree with a premise or two.  However, at the heart of the book is Miller’s willingness to bare the unflattering details of his internal journey, for the glory of Christ and the benefit of His Church. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a memoir that was so committed to loving the reader, and so unconcerned about lowering the author. I kept thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe he shared that.” until I stopped thinking about Don at all. By the end of the book, the reader is ready to lock arms with Don or whoever is nearby and commit to the pursuit of honest, selfless love in their relationships. If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this book to humans everywhere.

Lucky for you, I have an extra copy, and if you leave a comment below with your favorite word (in any language), I’ll enter you in a drawing to win your own copy of Scary Close.

 (Winners revealed next week! Tune in tomorrow for a chance to win The Green Ember!)

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