Phil Keaggy 2011 Headshot (small)

Phil Keaggy has been named the No. 1 guitarist in Christian Music by Classic Christian Rock Zone. (Phil Keaggy photo)
Award-Winning Musician's Honor Chosen By Votes From Fans and Peers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(December 16, 2014) -Legendary Gospel Music Hall of Famer and guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy has been named the Greatest Christian Rock Guitarist of All Time by Classic Christian  
Rock Zone.
Keaggy topped the list of the 100 Greatest Christian Rock Guitarists of All Time in a recent survey conducted by the site. The results were determined by several percentage factors: 40% according to the results of the survey (over 24,000 votes were tallied), 30% according to the choice of a top peer group of Christian rock musicians, 20% according to the choice of Christian rock broadcasters and magazine publishers,
and 10% according to the choice of the site administrators.
Some of the Christian rock notables participating in the voting include: 

"Many thanks to the voters first of all. There are so many great guitarists not just here in Nashville, but all over the world, who are not mentioned that should be up there in the high rankings," says Keaggy. "Polls and award shows make me nervous at times because truly gifted and hard working artists and guitarists often get overlooked. But I am humbled to even be on this list, and deeply appreciate your acknowledgement of my work over the years."

Keaggy is currently working with long-time friend and executive producer Tommy Coomes (Love Song, Tommy Coomes Praise Band). Coomes has brought Keaggy together with hit songwriters, including Will McFarlane, Gordon Kennedy and others, to write songs for Keaggy's upcoming vocal album. The project is slated for a 2015 release.

To see the entire list of 100 Greatest Christian Rock Guitarists of All Time, visit classicchristianrockzone.blogspot

About Classic Christian Rock Zone:
Classic Christian Rock Zone began in March 2011. It was created to remember pioneers of Christian rock from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The site also features current news on classic Christian rock artists who are still active musically..
"Classic Christian Rock Zone is a space for those who love this music, a space for those who have known Jesus through this music. Classic Christian Rock Zone is a space to remember the Christian rock artists from its origins to its heyday in the 80s and 90s." states Anthony Martinez, one of the administrators of the site. 
For more information, visit
About Phil Keaggy:
One of the world's most beloved musicians, Keaggy's solo career has spanned 40+ years and has included more than 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as three releases with his band, Glass Harp.

Widely recognized for his phenomenal guitar playing as well as his vocal and songwriting prowess, he has received numerous accolades and awards for his music, including seven Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. Keaggy was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and was named one of the Top 10 best rock singers in Christian music history by in 2009. In 2013, Keaggy received the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his outstanding career achievements. In addition, Rolling Stone has named him one of the "25 Most Underrated Guitarists," alongside Prince, The Beatles' George Harrison, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham. 

An accomplished record producer and one of the most sought-after studio guitarists on the planet, Keaggy also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock & roll to fully-orchestrated instrumental compositions.

For more information, visit Follow Keaggy on Facebook ( or Twitter (@Phil_Keaggy).

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VIRTUAL SCHOOL of the ARTS - MUSIC Check it out!

Virtual School of the Arts Partners with Music Industry All-Stars to Bring Music Education Back to the Schools

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- With music and the arts disappearing from schools nationwide, Virtual School of the Arts (VSA) is stepping forward to bring music education back to our schools. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded in 2014 by renowned drummer and songwriter Chad Chapin (Ben Folds, Casting Crowns, dcTalk).

VSA provides scholarships for music lessons and the arts to inner city youth and students who do not have access to the arts. All lessons are one on one and taught via Skype with top instructors from all over the world. Due to school budget cuts and/or lack of finances, VSA bridges the gap between aspiring students and professional instructors with significant music industry experience.

"VSA knows the importance of the arts in schools, says Chapin. "Studies show that schools that have lost their arts programs have seen their grades drop, and students who take lessons in the arts are more likely to succeed and go on to become leaders. VSA specializes in mentoring the next generation of leaders who in return will lead others. Our mission is to give every student access to music and art instruction in order to empower them for the future.

Chapin started drum lessons at the age of 7, and he was hooked. Shortly after high school, Chapin moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of playing music. Fifteen years later, Chad has toured with award-winning and chart-topping artists, including Ben Folds, Casting Crowns, dcTalk, Tait, Rachael Lampa and many more. Along the way, Chapin has received a Grammy nomination, won a Dove Award and 12 BMI Music Awards, and earned countless Gold and Platinum records.

VSA has amassed an impressive list of music industry leaders to serve as instructors, including Garrett Goodwin (Carrie Underwood), Andy Williams (Casting Crowns), Richard Scott (Addison Road, Francesca Battistelli, Matt Maher), Matt Butler (Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Kirk Franklin, Yolonda Adams, Newsong), Joe Rickard (Red), Johannes Greer (Ligion, Mink, Bubba Sparxxx), Ty Smith (SHeDAISY, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Milsap, Easton Corbin), Brandon Young (John Hiatt), Rachael Lampa (solo artist), Jaclyn North (American Idol Finalist, Texaco Country Showdowns Best New Act in Country Music 2011), Aynsley Martindale (Nashville Symphony), Ryan Greenawalt (Anthem Avenue, Lady Antebellum, Josh Turner), Tiffany Sweeley (Chicago - Broadway Musical, Dionne Warwick, Kirk Talley), Hailey Steele (NBCs "The Voice), Annie Clements (Sugarland), Deanie Richardson (The Chieftains, Vince Gill), Jordan Hester (Kenny Chesney, Nick Carter, Billy Curington, Tait), Tim Rosenau (TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, Relient K), DJ Lipscomb (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore, Matt Maher), Evan Weatherford (Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Tait), Dylan Williams (Joy Williams, John McLaughlin), Dustin Ransom (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath, Andy Davis, Matt Maher), Jonathan Rogerson (Brandon Young), Ellen Angelico (Mustang Salley), Dave Denton (Mark Harris, 4HIM, Truth), Brandon Bagby (Meredith Andrews, Cory Lamb, SHeDAISY), Andrew Higley (Ben Folds, Bo Diddley, Green Horns, Brendan Benson), Sammy Hudson (Everclear), Steve Rossi (Peter Frampton, Taylor Dayne, Cinderella, A&E, Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel), Ellen Angelico (Mustang Sally), Ken Rarick (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Michael W. Smith, Cher), Annie Clements (Sugarland), Zach Casebolt (Black Mozart Ensemble, Futureman, The Browns), Adrian Walther (Natalie Grant, All Star United) and Nathan Gehri (John Hiatt).

At an annual cost of $1,800 per student, VSA needs the support of those that support the arts. Donations are tax deductible.

To see VSA in action, click here for a short video:

For more information about Virtual School of the Arts, visit

PHILIP YANCY RECOUNTS Greatest Moment of Personal Satisfaction READ about it!

An excerpt from the December issue of BOOK FUN 
Philip Yancey's greatest moment of personal satisfaction occurred at about noon on August 15, 2007, when he reached the summit of South Maroon Peak, one of the "Maroon Bells" near Aspen, Colorado. For Philip, this was the final peak of the fifty-four "fourteeners" that are found in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, all owing their moniker to the fact that they top fourteen thousand feet in elevation - roughly 4,000 feet higher than airplanes can fly without auxiliary oxygen. Ponder this the next time you hear the flight attendant say that your plane just passed 10,000 feet so you may now use your electronic devices.

"My wife and I climbed three or four each summer," Yancey said. "It took fifteen years of the most challenging, scary, harrowing, and even sometimes terrifying effort imaginable. When you're above timberline, you might as well paint a target sign on your backpack for the lightning, as you're the tallest thing out there. The only way to avoid summer afternoon storms is to start very early in the morning. But sometimes you get stuck in the open no matter what you do. For example, on the day Janet and I summited Mt. Wilson we were still well above the safety of timberline when dark clouds moved in and the skies opened up to pelt us with sleet and hail. Lightning struck closer and closer.
“I asked our experienced companion what we should do.”

“There’s really not much you can do,” he replied. “The granite rock conducts electricity. I’d recommend separating by at least a hundred yards or so—that way if one of us gets hit, another can go for help. And squat down with your feet together to make yourself as small a target as possible.”
“My wife and I looked at each other. Finally I shrugged and said, ‘Honey, we’ve had a good life. Let’s go together.’ We ditched our buzzing hiking poles and squatted down, as our friend suggested, but side-by-side, holding hands"....

Go to page 253 for the rest of the story

This is just one of the moving memorable stories found 
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Nora St.Laurent
Where Book Fun Begins
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Brandon and Terry Virts while he is quarantined 

Trio of Astronauts Blast-Off To Heath’s “For The First Time”
Brandon with NASA Engineer w/Next Crews Launch Suites
Brandon Heath Witnessing Launch

Brandon with Virts Family awaiting launch

Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2014) — Multi Dove Award-winning, five-time GRAMMY® and AMA nominee, and Emmy Award winner Brandon Heath was recently honored to be one of ten handpicked guests of NASA Astronaut Terry Virts to witness the Expedition 42 Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launch to the International Space Station. Heath joined Virts to aid in final preparations before the departure which took place on Nov. 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia.
“It was truly an amazing ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience,” says Heath. “As a fan of NASA, I’ve never felt more inside of what they do and how they operate - not only as a space agency, but as a family. It was truly an honor to have been given the opportunity to witness their world.”
Each astronaut is permitted to invite ten people to witness the launch. Virts, a longtime friend and fan, extended the offer to Heath and made him an honorary guest to experience the traditional events that take place at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia leading up to a rocket launch.
While on base, Heath performed a special “living room” concert for Virts and fellow crewmate, Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and their families. Virts and Crisoforetti joined via Skype while in quarantine completing their training for the trip. Heath was also able to visit and talk with Virts from behind the glass and provide words of encouragement for his journey.
In preparation for the launch, the trio of astronauts (Virts, Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov) listened to Heath’s “For The First Time” while in the cockpit of the spacecraft as Heath stood outside alongside Virts family to witness blast-off.  While the personal demo track hasn’t made it onto a Heath album recording yet, he gave special permission to the astronaut.
“While it was an exciting experience, it was also very emotional to realize the dangers these men and women face” admits Heath. “They are literally putting their lives on the line. It’s overwhelming to know that I was able to witness firsthand the sacrifice these families make to give up one of their members for six months.”
Virts and the crew’s mission is to continue to support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science currently underway and scheduled to take place aboard the orbiting laboratory. Virts, who is expected to conduct at least two spacewalks during his five-and-a-half-month mission, is scheduled to return to Earth in May 2015.
In continuous support, Heath will be part of Virts cheering section, sending encouragement through one-on-one video chat correspondence while he’s positioned at the International Space Station. In addition, Heath also recently worked with Designer/Illustrator Matt Lehman and Virts to design a one-of-a kind patch that the next team of astronauts will wear on their NASA suits during the upcoming Expedition 43 mission.
Heath, who is gearing up for the Feb. 10 release of his sixth studio album, No Turning Back, is currently on the road with Steven Curtis Chapman and special guest Jillian Edwards for “JOY: The Christmas Tour,” sharing songs from his 2014 Dove Award-winning album, Christmas Is Here
About Brandon Heath:
Since Brandon Heaths debut on Reunion Records with Dont Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian musics most beloved and respected artist and songwriter. Heath has garnered an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY® nominations and an American Music Award nomination. He has been honored as a six-time GMA Dove Award recipient, including “Male Vocalist of the Year” (2009 and 2010), BMI’s 2014 Songwriter of the Year, and earned multiple additional songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes top hits “Im Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See,” the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year Give Me Your Eyes,” the eight-week chart topper Your Love,” “The Light In Me,” and many others.

Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include coverage in The New York Times, BillboardThe Wall Street Journal, RelevantCBS Evening News and The Discovery Channeland as a presenter on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

For more information on Brandon Heath, please visit  or 


CONTEST will Start on DECEMBER 20th. to ENTER DRAWING you'll need to go to THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK (you must join to participate- It's FREE and EASY to join)

On the 20th The LINK will be above these book covers on the FRONT PAGE of TBCN CLICK on the LINK it will take you to the contest page. You'll need to JOIN the Group and Answer the question. It sounds like a lot but It's fast and easy. If you need any help let me know. I'll walk you through!



Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins !
The Book Club Network Blog
Book Fun Magazine 


Yancy Invites Kids Everywhere to Taste and See the Newest Addition to the Little Praise Party Series on February 10th

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Yancy returns February 10th with Little Praise Party: Taste and See the fourth release in the popular worship music series for young children. The album and companion DVD include 15 easy-to-sing songs, with two bonus tracks exclusively available at iTunes. The Little Praise Party series is available online and in Christian bookstores everywhere via Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

Yancys Little Praise Party series engages kids from the very start with non-stop sing-along fun for the entire family. In addition to CDs, each project in the series has a companion DVD filled with exciting animation with on-screen lyrics to help visualize the words and stories portrayed within the songs. As a mom herself, Yancy definitely knows what it takes to keep kids simultaneously entertained and uplifted. Theres even an entire Spanish-language collection ofLittle Praise Party favorites called Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza, which features vocal production from Jaci Velasquez and Salvadors Nic Gonzales.

The new Little Praise Party album is called Taste and See, which is a major point on my heart right now, says Yancy. I know the power of music and love the fact that the songs I write have the potential to plant seeds in the hearts of people. I want this generation to taste and see that the Lord is good, and if they do that at an early age, I believe theyll be able to have the relationship they need to have with the Lord so it doesnt turn into one of those sad stories you hear about people turning their backs on their faith later in life.

The new album features guest appearances by Chris Lockwood (formerly of 33 Miles), Erskin Anavitarte and renowned childrens ministry leader Jim Wideman (Yancy's father), who has appeared on all of the Little Praise Partyand releases. The popular andLittle Praise Partyand app (which features new videos each month in English and Spanish), available in both iOS and Android formats, will also be adding new videos from the latest project.

For church and classroom use, there is also a Church DVD available that includes all 15 songs plus the soundtracks, mp4 files and a group viewing license.

For more than a decade, Yancy has been making a wide range of music that has found an audience with Christian music fans of all ages. Upon arriving in Nashville, Yancy quickly became one of Music Citys most sought after songwriters, co-writing songs with Third Day frontman Mac Powell, penning the Jaci Velasquez hit Something Beautiful and the chart-topping, ASCAP Award-winning song I Dont Want To Go for Avalons Grammy and Dove nominated and Oxygenand album. As an artist, Yancy has released radio-friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, while sharing the stage with Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Plumb and many more.

Yancy Ministries is rapidly becoming a premiere destination for uplifting entertainment and church resources used all across the globe. Above and beyond the worldwide distribution of the Little Praise Party and CD/DVDs, Yancy pens a monthly column for KidzMatter Magazine, and has written and produced the music and videos for Standard Publishings Vacation Bible School curriculum since 2012, which also features author and missionary Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries and reaches over 1,000,000 kids each year.

Yancy continues to tour year-round, from family concerts to confereces to leading worship for youngsters at mega-churches such as Hillsong Church (Sydney), Lakewood Church (Houston), Prestonwood Baptist (Dallas) and Northpoint Community Church (Atlanta), among others.

Yancy Ministries exists to make Jesus loud, whether that's through songs, videos, devotionals, training or family concerts, explains Yancy. A love and passion for Jesus is at the core of everything we do. We want to encourage whole families to love God with all their heart, spending time singing Gods praises, and celebrating all that He has done.

For more information, visit

Pre-Order Little Praise Party: Taste and See at iTunes:
Little Praise Party: Taste and See Track Listing:
1. Super Wonderful
2. Praise the Lord Every Day
3. Taste and See
4. My God Is Number One
5. Stop and Go
6. Obey
7. I Love You Lord
8. Lord I Thank You
9. There Are Promises
10. Joyful Noise
11. Gonna Serve
12. I Will Pray
13. The Bunny Song
14. It's A Happy Day
15. Best Present Ever
16. La, La, La, Hey, Hey, Hey (iTunes only)
17. Hosanna Rock Remix (iTunes only) 


I tried two more things from this book last night. My family was thrilled at The Burgers and Fries I made. Frankly so was I. I had gotten this cutting set at Kroger a few months back. It allows you to put any vegetable on top of the cutter and push through the other side with uniformity. That's why my fries all look the same. The problem I've had was getting the fries crisp. I've tried several different ways and didn't have SUCCESS until LAST NIGHT when I made the TYLER FLORENCE Test Kitchen fries. My whole family loved them and was amazed.
The Trick is the fact that he has you boil the fries for 12 minutes then strain wipe them dry and fry them for a few minutes. THEN pat them dry and FREEZE them for at least two hours or overnight. Since I didn't read the entire instructions before hand to do them overnight. I did the two hour version. Once you brought them out of the freezer you fried them again in GRAPESEED Oil for 3 1/2 minutes. PERFECT Fries! I'm still amazed.

The thing I didn't make for this PERFECT BURGER was the Bun. I didn't have the equipment to make the bun the way the recipe asked for.

This burger was made with two different blends of ground beef. The bottom had a special sauce you make a few hours in advance or again overnight. A slice of lettuce, tomato and I used a multigrain English Muffin.

Eggs Benedict

I had made Eggs Benedict for dinner this week from Inside the Test Kitchen too. My teen boys and husband LOVED this too. I found it amazing. It was the first time I've every made this. Yummy!

My Family LOVED it. Said it was the BEST Hamburger I've ever made them. For my full review of Tyler Florence's New cook book INSIDE the Test Kitchen by Tyler Florence CLICK the LINK below.

I'll have more cook book features for you in the new year!


Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
Book Fun Magazine


By Tyler Florence
Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers
356 Pages

Back Cover: Tyler Florence does updated comfort food like no one else, but comfort food’s never been updated like this. Join him as he perfects, simplifies, and totally re-invents your favorite dishes in surprising, spectacular ways.

Have you ever wondered which cheese, exactly, will make the stretchiest, cheesiest mac and cheese? Or if you can make Hollandaise sauce without fear, a double boiler, or even a whisk? Or if, instead of having to choose between onion rings or French fries, you can make onion rings crusted with French fries? Tyler Florence has. These are the kinds of questions he obsesses over when he thinks about how to make cooking both easier and more exciting.
REVIEW: I enjoy Tyler’s cooking show. I was curious about the 120 recipes he perfected. That’s why I was thrilled to receive a review copy of a cook book that is just as much fun as watching Tyler’s show (maybe a little more exciting because I get to eat the final results).
This cook book screams fun from the very first page. The hard back book is designed in a notebook style with a black rubber band to hold down the page you are working on and/or to mark your place; that is very thoughtful just like the rest of the book. There are yummy pictures throughout and the recipes are a mix of simple to those that require a little more time and attention to make. I felt confident I could make the meal with Tyler’s guidance and his personal notes on each page to give me pointers and confidence. I like how the ingredients were listed, easy to read and most of them easy to find in the grocery store.

I was hooked from the first page as it had 13 squares with delicious pictures of a food featured from the sections it represented. Tyler hand printed in a fine marker the title of each section with the page it starts on below the picture. Tyler also hand printed a paragraph or two giving readers a personal and informative look at how he started working in the restaurant business.
I liked knowing the philosophy behind creating these amazing dishes and how they were chosen. Their attitude in the test kitchen was, “We can’t be afraid to take chances. We had to try again if the first attempts didn’t work…no bad ideas in the test kitchen.”

Then they described the process in how they picked the dishes to perfect. Tyler went to his twitter and instragram followers and asked, “What do you want to learn how to cook?...My followers inspired me while asking for everything from homemade bacon to pancakes to French onion soup. In truth this book was born on social media.”

Their “mission was to find a way to make each recipe the best possible, in the most time – efficient way…..The Basics, our goal for inside the test kitchen was to empower you, the home cook, with the confidence to put even a simple dinner on the table. We wanted to equip you with the information that restaurant chefs have had but also info and methods that we were discovering for the first time, or even inventing – our general principle of letting the main ingredient shine is what drove this entire cook book.”

I do believe Tyler and his team accomplished that. Being a visual learner I appreciated the step by step pictures provided along with Tyler’s hand written notes and tips sprinkled throughout the book. I felt like I was receiving special insight and cooking lessons from the Chef himself. Yes, it did boost my confidence in the kitchen.

I found the Burger and Meatloaf section interesting and informative. Most recipes do not require special equipment except for the amazing hamburger bun Tyler makes for his perfect burger (maybe a few others).  He uses an isisiphon to add carbon dioxide to the bread without yeast. He says you can find this at specialty food stores and hardware stores. (I’ve added this to my Christmas list. Grin!) I really want to make those buns and burgers. They look amazing.

I enjoyed how Tyler virtually takes you through the testing process including fun pictures of their food testing and creative journey in the process to build a better burger blend. “They tried different ratios of fat to lean for optimal juiciness…they tested each cut and scored it….In the end, we came upon a ratio of short rib and chuck…it hits every note of flavor, texture and juiciness yon  could ever want for a burger.”

CLICK HERE to SEE the BURGERS AND FRIES I made from this book 

I felt the same way they did about the burger “hitting every note of flavor” when I tasted the California Avocado Eggs Benedict. My youngest son (16) said, “The herbs popped in his mouth on the first bite” It was such a surprise to hear this from my whole family. They loved it as much as I did. If the Eggs Benedict was that wonderful I can’t wait to try some more of these perfected recipes.

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog
Book Fun Magazine


Is My 5 – 25 Year Old Entitled? 5 Ways To Know
by The Money Couple

Scott & Bethany Palmer (a.k.a. The Money Couple) are financial experts, authors, TV/radio personalities and sought after speakers. Their mission is to help people improve their relationships through a better understanding of their approach to money. Their new book The 5 Money Conversations To Have With Your Kids At Every Age and Stage hits shelves December 31, 2014 (pre-order here).

Once upon a time, parents feared their children wouldn’t have enough. Now we fear our kids have way too much. You want to give your child every advantage you never had, but where is the line between investing in their growth and happiness and raising an entitled brat?

The main difference is noted in their attitude. A “spoiled” entitled child believes they have the right to get whatever they want (whenever they want it) and acts as if it’s your job to provide it. And it’s not just that they want things, they also want attention and recognition showered upon them (earned or not) as readily as the latest toy. That shiny new something at the store AND all of the attention at someone else’s party … an entitled child feels deserving of it all. Of course, all children want things from time to time (and will hope for them, ask for them even), but an entitled child expects to get what they want … immediately. They believe they are owed certain things.

You CAN turn your entitled child around

So, what’s a well-intentioned parent to do? We want our children to have a strong sense of their worth and value and to ask for what they want in the world, but we also want our kids to be grateful, responsible, independent adults someday (and an overwrought sense of entitlement is not appealing or helpful to them at any age).

Not sure if your current parenting approach is cultivating a confident yet grateful kid or inadvertently creating a full-blown entitled brat? Check our list of potentially problematic behaviors to see how your child (and your parenting) is measuring up:

1. Does your child expect a reward every time they’re asked to do something? It would be easy to blame the well-meaning YMCA for instilling the everyone-gets-a-trophy mentality in modern children, but how often to do you also dangle a reward in front of your children to motivate them to complete homework or basic chores around the house? Or, perhaps you promise them a gift for doing something nice for others? In life, there are tasks to be done simply because they need doing. And we treat people kindly because it’s the right thing to do. Kids need to learn that not every stick has a carrot attached. If your child won’t do anything without something in it for them, you might be creating an entitlement issue.

2.  Does your child have the final say in basic family decisions? Is dinner decided based on what your child wants to eat? Does your child always cast the deciding vote on what your family’s weekend activity will be, where you go on vacation, or what show you watch on TV? If so, your child is probably entitled. We’re not saying your child should have zero say, but asking their opinion should not equate to them having ultimate veto power. Their preferences can always be considered, but their choice should not consistently be more important than mom’s or dad’s (a.k.a. the people paying for it, driving to it, and/or cleaning it up).

3. Does your child always ask for more, more, more? Remember when you told him he could play on the climbing wall, but only for 15 more minutes before you needed to leave? Was he satisfied and left willingly (with a word of thanks)? Remember giving her the doll of her dreams, only to hear constant begging for the special dolly party dress that was sold separately? If you let your teen stay up late to finish his online game with friends, does he log off when you requested or does he always push the envelope and try to sneak (or negotiate) more time? An entitled child who believes they have a right to everything is rarely ever satisfied. Enough is never enough.

4.  Does your child understand and practice delayed gratification? Delayed gratification is a difficult, but powerful, concept to teach a child (adults even struggle with it). But, developing the discipline to wait for something, instead of possessing it instantly, pays huge dividends right now and in their future. Often, waiting for something makes us appreciate that thing more when we finally do get it, and, we often take better care of what we appreciate. Also, a bit of waiting can also reveal to a child they really didn’t want or need the item after all (it’s called an “impulse buy” for a reason). Often parents cave to their child’s every whim so the child won’t be “frustrated” or “disappointed”, but not always getting what you want helps us appreciate what we have. John Wooden, famous UCLA basketball coach and inspiration for several movies said, “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.” What an alluring quote for a parent. A self-disciplining child? Yes, please!

5. Does your child understand the value of a dollar? Your child might not think money grows on trees, but do they actually grasp how much effort it takes to earn the money your family spends? Most parents don’t have any conversations, let alone regular conversations, about money with their child. It ranks right up there with the other talk we try to avoid with our kids (sex/relationships—another place where a sense of entitlement won’t serve them very well). But, taking opportunities to show your child the value of a dollar is worthwhile. If there’s a toy or game they’ve asked for, you might show them how many extra jobs around home it will take to earn it. If your teen wants to play a game with a monthly fee or likes downloading the latest movie, help them set a monthly budget for technology purchases. Is that same teen old enough to have a weekend job? That will show them firsthand the value of hard work. Let them pay for their own movies and help them explore the realities of their financial situation. For example: If they have $80 and want to spend $10 a month on movie rentals for 12 months, figure out a practical plan—cheaper or fewer games, less months, etc.—and then stick to that plan no matter what. If you just give them the money to cover the rest of their “want”, they’ve learned nothing.

Raising a child today is hard; raising an “un-entitled” child is even more difficult. But, you can do this. Don’t bother beating yourself up for the times your child has ruled the roost. You’re not alone. Many modern parents are trying to figure out the best way to strike a non-bratty balance. Instead, congratulate yourself on your awareness and desire to raise a child free from a sense of entitlement. That is an investment in their future and yours that you should both be grateful for.

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Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Essential Records/Provident Label Group’s new recording artist I AM THEY, is set to release its self-titled debut album on January 27, 2015. The group’s lead single, “From The Day,” is available on iTunes and is impacting at Christian radio nationwide. Already in the Top 25 at AC radio, the song has received major market support from stations such as KLOVE, Air1, WRBS/Baltimore, Fish Cleveland, WCSG/Grand Rapids, Fish Portland and Sirius XM’s The Message, among others. In support of the project, I AM THEY will embark on the 23-city “Rock & Worship Road Show” tour beginning February 18, 2015, in Dallas, Texas, joining other notable artists such as Matt Maher, David Crowder and Mercy Me.

“We are thrilled to introduce I AM THEY - a highly talented band that we believe avid music fans are going to love,” says Blaine Barcus, vice president of A&R with Provident Music Group.  “With compelling voices that intersect with a passion for spreading the Gospel and worshiping God, I AM THEY is poised to positively impact today’s generation for the Kingdom of God in a significant way.”

Produced by Jason Ingram and Jonathan Smith, the album showcases the talents of the six-member band comprised of Adam Palmer (lead vocals/guitar), Matthew Hein (lead vocals/guitar), Stephanie Kulla (lead vocals/violin) Justin Shinn (keyboard), Bobby Stiehler (bass), and Sara Palmer (drums). The 10-track project features their unique blend of folk-tinged pop, skillful musicianship and passionate vocals. Says Adam Palmer, “We were made to do this. Music ministry is our heartbeat and pulse.  God has been growing dreams in us we didn’t even realize we had. We are just trusting God and following where He leads.”

I AM THEY showcases its eclectic musical style throughout the project of the songs which include:   “We Are Yours,” “Awake My Love,” “Your Love Is Mine,” “Over & Over Again,” “King Of Love,” “Even Me,” “From The Day,” “Make A Way,” “Here’s My Heart” and “Amen.”

From the Day,” is quickly gaining the group a national audience. “It’s a salvation celebration song,” says Hein. “With lyrics inspired by Revelation 21 speaking of heaven, where brilliant light is all around, and it says there’s no need for a sun because Jesus Himself takes the place of that shining light.”

The members of the band came together from several different churches in Carson City and first performed together at Solomon’s Porch; a regular worship event bringing believers together from all over the city.  The group was discovered at a Spirit West Coast festival “Battle of the Bands” where they won an opportunity to come to Nashville and have a song produced and recorded.  Once in the studio, the band impressed some key industry veterans and labels, eventually signing with Essential/Provident in June 2013.

In their short career, I AM THEY has already made their mark in the Christian music arena having opened for Matthew West, Chris August, Todd Agnew, Bebo Norman, Brandon Heath, Big Daddy Weave, to name a few. 

The Rock & Worship Roadshow dates are as follows:

2/18/15               Dallas, TX                                        American Airlines Center
2/19/15               Springfield, MO                   JQH Arena
2/20/15               Chattanooga, TN                 UTC McKenzie Center
2/21/15               Mobile, AL                                       Mobile Civic Center
2/22/15               Southaven, MS                                 Landers Center
2/26/15               Indianapolis, IN                   Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2/27/15               Ypsilanti, MI                        EMU Convocation Center
3/1/15                 Carbondale, IL                    SIU Arena
3/5/15                 Columbus, OH                     Schottenstein Center
3/6/15                 Pittsburgh, PA                     Petersen Events Center
3/7/15                 Louisville, KY                                  Freedom Hall
3/12/15               Kent, WA                             ShoWare Center
3/13/15               Boise, ID                              Taco Bell Arena
3/14/15               Portland, OR                       Moda Center
3/15/15               Spokane, WA                                   Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
3/19/15               Sacramento, CA                  Sleep Train Arena
3/20/15               Fresno, CA                          SaveMart Center
3/21/15               Long Beach, CA                  TBA
3/22/15               Phoenix, AZ                         Ak-Chin Pavilion
3/26/15               Colorado Springs, CO         World Arena
3/27/15               Lubbock, TX                        United Sprint Arena
3/28/15               The Woodlands, TX             Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
3/29/15               Bossier City, LA                  CenturyLink Center

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