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{Review} Passport2Purity Getaway

Over the past month I have had the opportunity of reviewing FamilyLife’s Passport 2Purity Getaway Kit. This isn’t a new thing, but the third addition of their product. Before I share my review, here’s a bit more about the getaway kit from FamilyLife:

About the Getaway Kit

Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance.  Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules.  The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.  FamilyLife developed Passport2Purity (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare him or her for the turbulent years ahead.  Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity – and strengthen the bond between you.  It is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen.  It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment.  If this isn’t possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.

Are You Ready for a Getaway?

It’s amazing what a big difference one word makes. Getaway. This getaway is designed for just that purpose, getting away with your child to talk about purity. This isn’t something you can do at home, but revolves around whisking your child away by themselves for a fun-filled weekend dedicated to God.
That’s not really practical for our family of six. So I’ve had to prayerfully figure out how to adapt this in a way it’s usable. However, if you have an only child or a strong support system for caring for your other kids while you dedicate time to one, I can see this as an awesome tool for some kids. And yes, I did use the word “some.”

My Review

I absolutely LOVE the “tour guide” for the parents in this kit. It has virtually everything you could need to know to help you get ready. From an itinerary, to a list of supplies, to prayer points, and suggestions for success, you are guided through setting up your getaway.

The tour guide encourages you to “do the projects.” It stresses that these are the kids favorite parts, but the minute I pull out play dough, I lose the respect of my 12 year old son. Let’s just be honest about that. He’s “too grown up” in his eyes to play with play dough. My 10 year old would love it, and will probably still love it when he’s 12. My girls would love it. But my 12 year old, the one I know is ready for this lesson, out grew play dough years ago. He also wouldn’t enjoy puzzles and the like, so the projects would ruin the weekend for him anyway. The audios sound like they are addressing a much younger child, as well. My current 12 year old would scoff, but the content is way more than what our 10 year old is ready for. So again, I think when our now 10 year old is more ready for this talk, we might revisit this. So it really depends on your child.

The kids journal is AWESOME! However, it only works if you do the entire getaway exactly as its laid out. In fact, the whole kit is weaved together so well, that you really do have to follow their suggested schedule for it to work. The audio lays out the plan for the weekend, tells you when to do the projects, to look at pictures in the journal, etc. The journal has pages to take notes, respond to projects, and take it all deeper. It’s amazingly put together, really. It’s just not what we need for our 12 year old, but I’ll revisit it when our other son is closer to ready for this lesson.

If you are interested in learning what others had to say about FamilyLife’s Passport2Purity, you can checkout reviews on Amazon here.

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{DVD Review and Giveaway} The Identical

The IdenticalLast weekend, Paul and I had the opportunity to review, “The Identical.” We LOVED this movie!!! It came across like it was based on a true story, but it was entirely fictional. If I had to describe it, I would say it was almost like a “What if?” story. What if Elvis had a twin brother, and nobody knew? What if that brother was adopted by a preacher, but still had a heart for music? What you get is one amazing movie.

Elvis was before my time, but everyone knows who he is. I can’t tell you how much of this story is true to the real Elvis, but it honestly doesn’t matter to me. And I didn’t really get the redemptive story line described in the actual movie description (below). In fact, this was mainly a Christian movie because of the Christian characters. There wasn’t anything really spiritual about it in my opinion, but it was still a good film and we would highly recommend it.

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More about the movie:

The Identical, starring Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really us. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.

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