Bible stories are a favorite for bedtime in our household, traces of an old habit I picked up from my childhood.  From Jonah and the Whale to Noah and his Ark, there’s no shortage of Bible knowledge around here – that’s why when I was asked to attend a taping of GSN’s The American Bible Challenge, I (embarrassingly enough) squealed with joy. When you think of GSN, alsoknown as The Game Show Network, shows like The Newlywed Game and Family Feud may come to mind – all games I’m not so sure I could win – but a game show about The Bible? After years and years of bedtime quizzes, I was confident that this would be a piece of cake.

Boy was I ever wrong. The contestants on this show are not your everyday Bible-Bedtime readers. These guys know their stuff. GSN did an amazing job of finding not only incredibly brilliant contestants, but they are super entertaining too! Did I mention that the show is hosted  by Jeff Foxworthy? Yes, Mr. Blue Collar Comedy Tour himself is now the host of America’s first-ever game show about the world’s best-selling book.

I had to know, how does one go from being a stand up comedian, to hosting Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, to THIS? Jeff says that when he was approached with the idea of the show, he originally declined stating that one “can’t do a game show about the Bible,” but after thinking about it for some time, he decided that he was on board. What convinced him was the idea that the contestants weren’t playing to win for themselves, but playing for the benefit of others.

With each team playing for the benefit of a charity, some with personal connections to their chosen organization, The American Bible Challenge isn’t scarce with its touching moments, but don’t let that make you think that its scarce on fun either. With a joyous choir erupting in upbeat melodies before commercial breaks (and sometimes to encourage the contestants!) it’s a non-stop good time – one that both you and your kids will enjoy (Finally!)

I for one know where I’ll be on Thursday, August 23rd– parked right in front of my TV with myloved ones, a bucket of popcorn and a study Bible (I might take a peek fromtime to time – shh! Don’t tell anyone!)

You can check out a preview of The American Bible Challenge at the link below. Don’t forget to tune in for yourself on Thursday, August 23rd – check your local listings! J



Do you like ‘Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader’?  If so, you will probably enjoy this new show!  GSN announced today that it has signed comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host the pilot of the network’s original one-hour game show, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE.  GSN, which is currently developing the series, will shoot the pilot later this month.


THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is a studio-based game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible.  Questions will be designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture.  The contestants will share their compelling back stories and each team will be playing for a worthy faith-based organization.”I am excited to be hosting a show about the bestselling book of all time. It will be interesting to find out what people really know, and an opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way,” says Foxworthy.


THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is produced by RelativityREAL for GSN, with RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies serving as Executive Producers on the project.  Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers.  Odyssey Networks is the country’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer with J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak as Executive Producers.


Jeff Foxworthy, currently seen on GSN in his role as host of ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?,  is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country.  He is the largest-selling comedy recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy® Award nominee and bestselling author of more than 26 books.  Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.  Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy recently reunited for “Them Idiots Whirled Tour,” which was filmed as a special for CMT.

About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites.  GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN’s popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital’s free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions.  GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos.  GSN and its subsidiary,, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  For further information, please visit

About RelativityREAL

Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman, RelativityREAL has created and produced dozens of series and pilots for network and cable television. Though it was formed less than 3 years ago, the division has 67 projects in production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season, including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime, and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network.

About Odyssey Networks

Odyssey Networks, founded in 1987, is the nation’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives and enriches spiritual life.  Through its 100+ members, the non-profit organization interfaces with over 120 million American congregants.  Odyssey-produced content can be seen on a variety of platforms including cable TV, the Internet, mobile smartphones, e-readers and tablets.







“Act of Valor” Opening Friday!

Opens Friday!

My husband went to an early screening with his buddies and absolutely loved it! 

Here are some awesome men’s ministry resources and ‘behind the scenes’ if you want to really get into the mood!

Making of “Act of Valor”:

For men’s ministry groups:

A cool resource has been set up for men’s ministry groups based on ACT OF VALOR. 

The website is:

This resource has been created by actual Navy SEALs for men who want to live more honorable lives. The SEALs that protect our country live by a code. This resource will challenge you to create your own code and apply it to your life. You will be able to see the codes of other men as well as create your own. You can begin your journey by watching the full resource in the video player located on the left. Pastor’s and group leaders can download the full resource and conversation guide by clicking “Start Your Journey Now.” Get ready to change your life.

“The Vow” – by Nathan Clarkson

THE VOW – Does Love Conquer All?



From Nathan J. Clarkson, Homeschool Movie Club Reviewer & Blogger

This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the new romantic drama, “The Vow,” staring Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange, and Sam Neil. This movie will be coming out this Friday, February 10.

I have to admit, I walked into the packed theater full of people, with my expectations already set.

I could foresee a sweet, and cliche movie I had seen before many times in different skins, and would no doubt see repackaged again for Valentine’s Day.

But as the opening credits appeared and the movie began, I quickly found out that this movie would pleasantly surprise me, and destroy my preconceived ideas (Not to say it was without its classic love story scenes ex. our male protagonist in the rain, etc..). But as the story began to unfold, I found myself immediately drawn in.

I was drawn into the love story between Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams), a young couple, whose lives are suddenly shattered by horrific car accident.  Leo escapes with only scratches but Paige has the last five years erased from her memory, causing her to forget their relationship, marriage, and even their first date.

Consequently, this is not your typical girl meets “guy and falls in love” formula, but rather girl meets guy, falls in love, then girl forgets ever meeting guy.

Without giving away too much, we watch as Paige struggles to find out who she is, how to deal with waking up being married to a man she feels is a stranger, and we also see  Leo’s struggle as he fights with everything he has to hold on to the woman he loves and regain her trust.

What surprised me about this movie was how different it seemed to be from your classic romantic film. In most of the classics, I feel we are let in on the very smallest and often the most unimportant part of the relationship. We usually watch as two people meet, fall in love and as my mother would say “Become twitter-pated with each other.” Then, the screen fades to black, the credits roll, the movie ends, and we never see what it takes to “live happily ever after.”
But what is “happily ever after”?  Where does the love story really end? What happens when anger, fear, disappointment – the norms and challenges of daily life kick in?  Does “The Feeling” goes away? What happens when the relationship is hard and can only survive if fought for?
The Vow begins where almost all love stories end.   In this culture of immediate gratification and “Doing what we feel” I think we rarely get a realistic picture of what love is, its challenges, and what it takes to continuously nourish and commit to your partner.  Everyday on tv and in the headlines we are constantly inundated with splits, separations, and divorces.  Half of all marriages end in divorce.  It has become a sad and depressing norm.

It’s ironic- we are a culture that so desires love stories, and we will pay millions to go and watch them onscreen, and yet after all this time  some people still don’t know how to actually live out a loving relationship?
That is why THE VOW was so refreshing to see because it actually portrayed a realistic depiction of what a love story and a marriage should.   Our protagonist is a man who is up against every conceivable challenge and yet his goal is simple – to love his wife, fight for her, and honor their marriage vows.

I had an opportunity to discuss this film’s message and the value of love with stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Mr. Tatum expressed his regret and disappointment in the state that marriage and commitment is in today, “I don’t think people go at it in the right way anymore, it’s such a culture about RIGHT NOW, you know?  Things that are supposed to bring us together (he points to the closest cell phone), just make us further apart.”

I respect what Channing said, and wholeheartedly agree, I don’t think people go at it the right way anymore, and we have become a culture of “right now.”  What happened to love being patient and kind?  What happened to understanding, loyalty, and devotion?  Do we as a society still have what it takes to hold on to and fight for lasting love?

Watching, THE VOW which is inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter gives me hope.  They are the Christian couple whose experience and love story made this movie possible.  I wish the movie explored their faith a lot more, but overall I think the movie is a beautiful picture of what real love should be – that despite any obstacle, through disappointments, anger and the feeling of defeat – one should never give up on their marriage, on their partner – on love.

THE VOW opens in theaters nationwide on this Friday, February 10.


Nathan J. Clarkson is a movie fan, writer, and critic for Homeschool Movie Club.

Act of Valor Screenings


Click on this link to RSVP for a screening!


We are excited to announce that Homeschool Movie Club folks will be given a chance to go to free, early screenings of Act of Valor (in select cities) next week! Check out the trailer…and read more about it.  Come back next week for details.

Synopsis of Act of Valor:

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, ACT OF VALOR stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, ACT OF VALOR features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.   ACT OF VALOR combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film–showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Release Date:       Friday, February 24

Cast:                    Active Duty Navy Seals

Directors:             Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh


Need a ‘Date Night’? Win VIP seats to ‘THE VOW’ screening!

Can you get a babysitter February 2nd??

Win a pair of VIP tickets to a screening of


(in select cities)


1. Check and see if you can attend one of the screenings on the list below

2. Send an email to: with your name and city in the subject line

3. Write brief email about why you’d enjoy a date night or how you met and  include your name/phone/email

Atlanta (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Chicago (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Cleveland (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Colorado Springs (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Dallas (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Denver (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Grand Rapids (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Houston (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Kansas City (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Los Angeles (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Louisville (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Minneapolis (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Nashville (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
New York (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Orange County (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Orlando (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Philadelphia (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Phoenix (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Portland (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Sacramento (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
San Diego (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
San Francisco (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Seattle (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Tampa (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
Washington, D.C. (2/2/2012 – 7:00 PM)
*A ‘VIP’ screening ticket means that you have a guaranteed, reserved seat for the screening. Winner will get 2 seats.
The Vow is PG-13 and we rely on your own personal discretion to decide whether this movie is an appropriate choice for you to watch.
We would love to hear what you think about it so others can know what the movie is like. It helps our community to have other homeschoolers screen movies and share their thoughts about it.
Winners Announced:

Jennifer Brownlow                         Atlanta

Janelle Blevins,                                Colorado Springs

Sharon Edwards                               Dallas

Cashel Macrory                                Denver

Ann Marie Tilburt                            Grand Rapids

Kelly Ma                                              Houston

Chris Van Keirsbilck                        Kansas City

Marchelle Kelin                               Los Angeles

Lori David                                            Louisville

Lori Cerrer                                          Minneapolis

Aimee Kohanski                               Nashville

Carissa Best                                        Orange County

Jennifer Farrell                                 Orlando

Jennifer Trujillo                               Phoenix

Christie McGuire                             Sacramento

Becky Brewer                                    San Diego

Deloris Pickney                                San Francisco

Carla Winn                                         Seattle

Jen Henriksen                                   Tampa

Dan Claire                                           Washington, DC

Also, we are always chatting in our facebook community too.  Come chime in!

Sydney’s “Little Angels” Review

As I write this, my 4 year old is watching our Little Angels DVD for the third time in a row (and is giving me a guilt free moment to sit down and type my thoughts down about this new series).  Just so you get an idea of what other preschool DVD’s I recommend…the top of my list is LeapFrog Letter Factory and Little E

insteins for their educational value and Veggie Tales for character/christian education.  Those shows are top notch.  Little Angels has the same qualities that those other series have and is quickly making its way into my top 5 list because it covers a lot more ground.  It is educational (similar to Leap Frog) and truly focuses on character building story lines AND uses biblical topics and bible stories as it’s underpinning. It is the ultimate Christian educational/character/bible story dvd that keeps my child’s interest too. My older kids find themselves watching as well.  I cannot think of another Christian-preschool DVD series that covers as much ground as Little Angels.

Roma Downey (from Touched by an Angel) is the executive producer and has lovingly overseen this project.   She brought Phil Lollar on board as writer/director who is  known for writing Adventures in Odyssey (among other things).  This combination of talent has created a special project from the heart and a true labor of love.  This is clearly seen in the ‘bonus’ section of the DVD as Roma Downey has segments for parents called ‘Little Lessons from Roma’…sweet encouragement and suggestions on how to build on the lessons at home from the segment your child watched on the DVD.  Also, the Little Angels folks have recognized how homeschoolers may use this DVD as ‘curriculum’ and created additional printable curriculum and activities free for Homeschool Movie Club members.  It was written by Sheri Seligson who is a homeschool mom, the author of our Dolphin Tale curriculum, and most widely known for Apologia’s Marine Biology curriculum. One of my favorite things about the curriculum is that is written so that a mom or older sibling can carry out the lessons. I am excited to put my 9 year old in charge of a preschool lesson for her little brother. I think it w

ill be a sweet lesson in serving and responsibility for her to take on.

This is a special project worth bringing in your home and using to reinforce lessons on basic skills, bible stories, and character qualities. Thumbs up!

Sydney Forest Taylor

Homeschool mom


Free Curriculum

“Little Lessons” with Roma

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