December 1, 2012

The Voice – Top 8

The Voice top 8 performed on Monday night.  If there are only 8 performers and you have enough time to have a coach perform with 50 cent – MAYBE it is time to cut the show down to an hour. MAYBE… Seriously, this show is SO drawn out I really don’t even know why I bother watching it live any more! I could be done with the performances in like 15 minutes if I watched it from a recording.

Amanda – Someone Like You – They need to stop trying to get her to repeat dream on.  I don’t think she ever will. But she still does AMAZING week after week and they should focus more on that!

Cody – Somebody to Love – I think it was a good performance but he’s no Freddy.

Terry – Over – I’m not sure this was the right choice for him. It was hard to understand a lot of the lyrics. But the chorus was great!

Melanie – Too Close – Have I mentioned this show is dragging? I think I fell asleep during Melanie’s performance.  Woke up at the end and it sounded ok.  And did Carson make her cry?

I can’t wait for 6 people to sing over 2 hours… yawn…

Dez – You Smile – Honestly the only one that kept my attention all night.  But the beginning seemed like Christina is trying to turn him into her with all the adlibbing!

Trevin – Greatest Love Of All – Great performance. Not screechy! I was a bit nervous when they said he’d be doing Whitney!

Nicholas – What’s Going On – Another great performance from Nicholas.

Cassadee – Are You Happy Now? – Strong performance but I still don’t like her!


Going home – Cody and Trevin. (Actually I really have no idea. Tough week!)

Safe- Cassadee

Safe – Amanda

Safe – Melanie

(can they drag this out ANY MORE?)

Safe – Nicholas

Trevin, Cody, Dez and Terry await their fate!

Safe – Terry

Safe – Trevin

I got really excited there that it may have been my first week of picking it out right… but nope! Cody and Dez went home so I was half right.

Book Review: Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything is a follow up to the book Heaven is For Real which I reviewed a little while back.

While Heaven is For Real is more about Colton’s trip to Heaven, Heaven Changed Everything is more about how things changed since Colton’s trip and is from his parents, Todd and Sonja’s, perspective.

Each chapter starts with an except from the original book and then some thought from either Todd, Sonja or both that relate to the original passage.  Each chapter also ends with a quote from the bible as well.

There seemed to be a decent amount of repeated information – but this story is just so fascinating to me that I didn’t mind reading about it again.  I also find it interesting how children who die seem to grow in heaven (Colton says his misscarried sister was a “little girl”) but those who are older and frail seem to grow younger (or pick an age when they were at their prime and stick with it) because he saw his grandfather as a young man which he was able to identify in photographs.

About the Book

Live every day with the hope of heaven!

A shattered leg, kidney stones, and a lump diagnosed as hyperplasia. Times were tough, money was scarce, and the bills and frustrations were piling up. It was into this kind of stressed out life that God sent Todd and Sonja Burpo the interruption of a life-threatening illness and emergency surgery for their almost four-year old son Colton. An interruption that included his unforgettable journey to heaven.

How did they cope? And how can they help us keep thoughts of eternity in mind in the midst of our own overly busy, stressed out lives?

In fifty unique inspirational readings based on excerpts from their story, Todd and Sonja share their family’s responses and reactions to the Heaven Is for Real experience. They answer questions about what it’s like to struggle with and question God, to doubt, even get angry with Him. And offer new insights into what God might be doing with those interruptions he allows into our lives. Each reading closes with a scripture to provide biblical reinforcement of the ideas shared and a take-away thought or action point to help readers incorporate the reading’s inspiration into daily life.

Keep the hope of heaven alive in your life. Heaven truly is for real, and it changes everything!


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