HOT DEAL: Free “Christian Netflix” for Families

by jessicaturner on April 29, 2016

Free Christian video streaming service

This freebie might just change your family’s media consumption habits — for the better.

I’m so excited to share it with you.

Earlier this week I shared about The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I bought a bundle myself and have been so impressed by all it has to offer. One of the freebies offered is a year-long membership to MollyGreen.com.

At first, I blew past the freebie, but gosh I am glad I went back to you. You see, included with the free membership to MollyGreen is access to RightNow Media, a service that gives members access to 10,000 videos that you can stream anytime from your smart TV, computer, tablet, smartphone, Roku, or other Internet-accessible device.

Basically, it’s like Christian Netflix and when you purchase The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle you get it totally FREE for a year. RightNow Media offers content for every member of your family, including, kid-friendly content, bible studies from today’s top authors (Jen Hatmaker, Francis Chan, Shauna Niequist, Lisa Harper, Louie Giglio and so many more), resources on parenting, marriage and finances.

Free Christian video streaming service

As a mom with three young kids, I really care about the media my kids are exposed to and consume and the kids channel on RightNow Media is amazing. It has a HUGE library of Bible-based kids shows including:

  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • Veggie Tales
  • What’s In The Bible
  • McGee & Me
  • Hermie & Friends
  • 3-2-1 Penguins
  • and so many more.

It’s seriously a complete library full of shows your kids are going to love. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

Right Now Media Kids

Last night I downloaded the RightNow Media app to our iPad and let the kids check it out for 15 minutes. Elias proclaimed, “This is so great!” Then this morning, after they got ready for school, I let them watch a little bit before we left. I love seeing them so excited about the content and think this is going to become one of our new favorite resources.

Free Christian video streaming service

I also spent some time exploring the other content on the site. I quickly fell down a rabbit hole of Jen Hatmaker bible studies (she is such a fantastic teacher!). After about 30 minutes had passed, I started clicking around to see what else was available.

I found hundreds of bible studies and sermons on every topic imaginable. Many bible studies are EXCLUSIVE to RightNow Media, which makes it an even more valuable tool.

Free womens bible studies and IF Gathering videos

The above screen capture is just a tiny fraction of what is available. I was especially excited to discover all the videos from IF Gathering 2015, featuring Ann Voskamp, Angie Smith, Shauna Niequist, Jennie Allen and so many more.

Y’all, there is SO much. I can easily see myself using this content for my quiet times. The videos are also perfect for small groups/bible studies.

Normally, a subscription to RightNow Media costs $149 A MONTH (that would be $1,788 for a year!), but with the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle you can get it for the year for just the cost of the bundle: $29.97. There is no additional cost to have access to these videos. Streaming is unlimited for the entire year. Your membership will NOT auto-renew. (And of course, when you buy the bundle, you also get nearly 100 ebooks, courses and printables + $300 in bonuses. The value of the bundle is more than $1,000, and that doesn’t count the value of this streaming service.)

You cannot beat this deal.

SERIOUSLY.

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How to Find Great Books to Read

by jessicaturner on April 28, 2016

How to find great books to read

The sheer number of books available can make it overwhelming for a reader to select a book. If you are like many, your time to read is limited, so you want to be sure you select a good book to enjoy.

I pride myself on selecting great books. If a book isn’t good, I will abandon it.

Here is how I find great books to read:

Blogs: Blogs are one of my biggest ways I fill up my to read list. I am constantly adding to it. Many Mom Creative readers have shared that they love my book posts, which is great because I love talking and writing about books. Each month I share the books I read the previous month, newly released books and other books about reading – like this one!

A few favorite blogs I love to read for their book recommendations include:

  • Modern Mrs. Darcy: Anne’s daily kindle deals are one of my favorite resources on the web. I am constantly buying books thanks to her sharing great deals. I also love her other book related content. She reads more books than anyone I know!
  • Mom Advice: Amy Allen Clark is my book twin. If Amy likes a book, it is pretty much guaranteed that I will like it too. I also love her weekly Sundays with Writers interview series.
  • (in)books: (in)courage often shares the newest titles from the most influential voices in the Christian publishing world. It was an honor to host a book club there for years and I love all  that they do to encourage women to read. Check out their Mother’s Day book recommendations.
  • Money Saving Mom: Crystal is a voracious reader and often shares what she is reading, Kindle deals and book round-ups.
  • TeachMama: This is the best blog out there for identifying great children’s books. (She even wrote a book on raising a reader!)

Book of the Month coupon

Book of the Month Club: This is my newest way to discover books, and it might be my favorite. It is a very affordable subscription service where you get one newly released, hardcover book sent right to your door each month. I love that you get to choose between five books (all different genres) and that you can additional books for just $10. In April, they are doing a sale where you can get a 3-month plan for 50% off. That’s just $7.50 a book! Click here to try out Book of the Month and enter the code APR50. You will LOVE it. Read my full overview of this awesome service here.

Podcasts: I have a 30 minute commute to and from work and podcasts are my favorite way to pass the time. (I love listening to podcasts with the Overcast app.) Many of the podcasts I listen to mention books, but below are a few from which I most regularly note their book recommendations:

  • What Should I Read Next: This delightful podcast is hosted by Anne Bogel. Each week she chats about favorite books with a guest and then gives her recommendations about what the guest would like to read. Click here to listen to the recent episode I was featured on — we had a GREAT discussion about my favorite and not so favorite books.
  • The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: This is one of my FAVORITE podcasts and I rarely miss an episode. Jamie makes her listeners feel like she is their best friend and I always feel like I am literally having happy hour with her and her guests. I’ve gotten some great book recommendations from listening to the show. Check out episode 30, which was my happy hour with Jamie.
  • The Popcast: While Jamie and Knox don’t talk books as much as I would like, but when they do, it is always fun and informative. They also do bonus episodes where they sometimes feature authors. I was delighted to be a guest on bonus episode 148. 
  • The Simple Show: Hosted by Tsh from The Art of Simple, she and her guests often make reference to great books. Check out my discussion with Tsh on episode 2. Another interesting and fun podcast.

Sorta Literary: This Facebook group is the most delightful community of book lovers. An offshoot of the Sorta Awesome podcast (another favorite of mine!), I find myself checking in with this group almost daily to see what books people are reading and discussing. I’ve even participated in a book swap in the group and got some new books through that!

Bookstagrams

Instagram: Instagram is my favorite social media platform (follow me here) and a great source for discovering great books. Many of these people are friends and bloggers that I trust, so chances are, if they recommend a book, I know I will enjoy it. Clicking on book and reading-related hashtags on Instagram is another way to discover books on Instagram. A few I check regularly are #fringehours #instalit #books#bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile.

Pinterest: Pinterest is also a great resource for finding books, especially if you love book lists. I am always pinning books I want to read and awesome book round-ups. (My favorite book boards include Books I Want to Read and Books for Kids.)

The Library: Your local library is another great resource for finding great books. Typically libraries will feature best-sellers, new releases and top recommendations. Also, check to see if your library offers book clubs and events with authors.

Bookstores: As much as I love to shop online, nothing beats browsing at a bookstore. I have discovered many great books thanks to display tables in bookstores.

Homemaking

Bundles: I love ebook bundles because it is a great way to get a lot of ebooks at a very low price. These bundles are vetted, so the content is typically excellent. Through Monday, you can get The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle which includes nearly 100 ebooks, courses and printables for only $29.87. What’s insane is that the value is nearly $1,300 when you include the $300 in freebies offered with the bundle! That’s 97% off. It includes so many great ebooks on topics related to parenting, marriage, organization, cooking, budgeting, DIY, faith, holidays and self-care. I can’t recommend it enough. Order your bundle today and try it out.

Magazines: This might seem old school, but I absolutely discover new books thanks to magazines that I read. Some favorites include Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, O Magazine and US Weekly.

Recommendations from friends: Like anything in life, I value recommendations from people I know. When it comes to reading, I have a few friends and family members that I really trust when it comes to book recommendations. We like the same kinds of books, we swap copies of books, etc.

How do you discover great books to read? Any additional resources you would like to recommend?

Want to talk about books some more? Join me tonight at 8:15 pm CST on Facebook. I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live all about picking books, more about these favorite strategies, what I’m reading right now etc. I hope you’ll join me!

How to find great books to read

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