Friday, December 3, 2010

Family Pick - VeggieTales "It's a Meaningful Life"!

VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful LifeTwice a month we will take a few minutes to look at my Family Pick . . . my first pick is the new VeggieTales story - "It's a Meaningful Life". I really appreciate the quality job the writers did in tying an old "classic" holiday story to Jeremiah 29:11 to give children, and adults, a strong and much needed message about being content and understanding God put us where we are for a reason - ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’  Sure to become a favorite, this story includes an original new song from multi-GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman - “Meant To Be", and both kids and parents will love the brand new Silly Song - “Goodnight Junior”.

This is one of the best Veggie stories ever! Love the characters, love the music, love the story-line and most importantly, love the message! This story shows why Big Idea/VeggieTales continues to be the family favorite they have been and will most certainly be for years to come! I particularly enjoyed the creativity and humor worked into the story-line. The characters are ones children will love with the return of Larry, Petunia and Mr. Lunt as well as the new character - Emma the rhubarb. My "kid-reviewer" Brienna said she really liked how VeggieTales used the train to "transport" Stewart/Larry into the "past and future that might have been". There are strong messages for children in this story, but in particular the message of being content and knowing God has a plan for us is one all parents need to hear as well! On top of all these "pluses" Big Idea provided a family discussion guide called “A Meaningful Family Life” available on the DVD to help families really think through the message of this story. Big Idea has outdone themselves with "It's a Meaningful Life"! Tremendously well done!

Let me know your favorite family "pick" and maybe we will include it next!

Don't forget . . . my 2011 VBS reviews will be featured during the month of January with our Top Ten VBS Countdown and posts to help you get the most out of your VBS resources!

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