Friday, April 16, 2010

Review: Power PraiseMoves™ DVD

Esmé's Mommy here...

Before Esmé came into the picture, I was doing pretty good with my workout routine at the Y. TurboKick on Mondays and Wednesdays, yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Enter tiny baby. Enter Mozambique. Enter screams and physical clinging whenever a workout DVD is popped into the DVD player. Back in the US, enter crying child in YMCA child care. Exit all workouts...

I decided to give it another shot with this review opportunity. Crying and physical clinging ensued, but I discovered a trick - put little girl in her bedroom with her own DVD playing on a laptop. Magical!

Enter colds and flu.  We will get back on track, however!

Moving on...

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

December 1, 2009
***Special thanks to David P. Bartlett - Print & Internet Publicist - Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***


Laurette Willis, the founder of PraiseMoves®, is a Women’s Fitness Specialist and certified personal trainer, as well as a popular keynote speaker and an award-winning actor and playwright. She has produced the videos PraiseMoves™ and 20-Minute PraiseMoves™ and written BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness.

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Product Details:

List Price: $16.99
Actors: Laurette Willis
Directors: Josh Atkinson
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: CT Videography
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Run Time: 120 minutes
ASIN: 0736928456


What I Liked:  This is a good workout.  Being out of the yoga routine, I really felt it afterward!  And it's broken out into sections, so you can customize the workout somewhat or do different sections on different days to get the full workout.  You'll find all the benefits of yoga-type exercise here.

Also, I really enjoyed the Bible texts and praise focus.  Nothing better than starting the day with something to get your blood flowing, your muscles tingling, and your mind focused on God!

What I Didn't Like:  If it wasn't for the introduction, I'd say "nothing."  But I must admit to being bothered by the intro, where a big deal was made about yoga positions actually being prayer positions to various Hindu gods. 

While I've never felt that spiritual connection while doing yoga myself, I can respect people who avoid yoga due to this understanding.  But it bothers me when you "baptize" those same positions by renaming them (Prayer Warrior versus Warrior positions, for instance, or Mt. Zion pose vs. Mountain pose) and calling them praise moves.  Kind of like taking a pagan winter solstice festival with all the trimmings and making it Christian by calling it Christmas.

That being said, I like the Christian focus of this workout and would highly recommend it to Christians - both yoga lovers and those who have avoided yoga.  As long as you don't judge me for doing secular yoga workouts from time to time...


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