Friday, September 11, 2020

Before the Wrath - Discussion Guide

 


A large percentage of the Bible contains prophecy—telling us what is going to take place.

 Understanding it, though, can be a bit challenging. Here are some great FREE resources that tie in Bible passages — a downloadable PDF, or a 5-day Reading Plan from YouVersion (the Bible app)—that will help you get the most out of your BEFORE THE WRATH film experience and grow in your faith.



Both resources below are the same content but different formats (PDF vs. online) to give you convenient options:

PDF Discussion Guide - This PDF companion piece to the BEYOND THE WRATH film is a 5-day roadmap providing an onramp into greater discussions and understanding about Biblical prophecy and the rapture.

YouVersion 5 Day Reading Plan -
As you view this film, you might be motivated to dig deeper into God's Word. As an online version of the Discussion Guide, this Bible reading plan from YouVersion (the Bible app) takes you through a five-day, bite-sized study of key passages along with a suggested devotional and video tying into BEFORE THE WRATH. One more great resource to help you connect with the movie and the Bible.

Want to know more about Before the Wrath?

  • See the trailer:



 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Before the Wrath - review

Bible scholars continue to debate the timing of the Rapture, but why is such a mysterious event prophesied to happen in the first place? Is there a deeper understanding surrounding this occurrence that we've lost over the millennia that those living in the first-century clearly understood? Newly rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence from the time of Christ finally reveals unprecedented findings that could prove the upcoming Rapture is not only real to a skeptical world but sheds new light on how and why this event must take place. Regardless of your Tribulation Period views, "Before the Wrath" will captivate believers and non-believers alike; revealing new depths of theological understanding regarding what Jesus revealed to the ancient Galileans about the end of the world in ways you could never have imagined. 

While everyone has been debating "when" this event is to happen, we've forgotten to ask "why" it does, and the answer could be the greatest theological discovery of our time. To fully present the impact this genuine eye-opening discovery has on the world, award-winning documentary writer and director Brent Miller Jr reproduces what Jesus Christ Himself unveiled to the ancient Galileans regarding the end of the world through emotional and beautiful cinematic reenactments with over 60 actors and extras on a Hollywood set. - beforethewrath.com



My Review: This is an intriguing documentary by Ingenuity Films that combines featured experts (Jack Hibbs, Amir Tsarfati, Jan Markell, JD Farag, Scott McConnell, Jay McCarl, and Lizette Dillinger) explaining how a Galilean wedding demonstrates the Church being the Bride of Christ and the Rapture is Christ coming for His bride along with actors to play out the entire wedding from the betrothal to the wedding itself. Those familiar with the Bible will recognize parables and stories that come even more alive with this added knowledge. This all comes together with narration by actor Kevin Sorbo.
 

Fans of Timothy Mahoney's Patterns of Evidence documentaries will enjoy Before the Wrath, as will anyone interested in Biblical history, prophecy, or those curious about the Rapture. I was fascinated by the film and am happy to have it as part of my personal DVD library. Others agree! It was the #1-selling documentary DVD on Amazon for three straight months, #4-selling film in America during a time in April (behind JUMANJI, 1917, and FROZEN 2), and the #1-selling film on Christian Cinema... and nominated for multiple film awards including best documentary and cinematography. You can buy or rent Before the Wrath on their website or at your favorite retailers for DVD, Blu-Ray, or Digital, including Amazon Prime, Amazon, Walmart, and Christian Cinema.
 
GIVEAWAY: LEV3L Digital is also going to give one of my readers a  Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack!! Tell me you want to win, using #BeforeL3 in your comment. DEADLINE to ENTER is AUGUST 12, 2020. 


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Learn more about the film at the official website, and feel free to follow the film’s socials.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Jeremy Camp: ‘Ask Me Anything’

You asked… Jeremy Camp answered… in this LEV3L blogger exclusive!

As part of the I Still Believe review blog, my readers were given an opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Jeremy. All LEV3L Digital bloggers asked our audience to submit questions to artist Jeremy Camp – about the film I STILL BELIEVE, his music, his story, about his source of Hope... anything.

Jeremy did a great job of thoughtfully and thoroughly answering many of the questions submitted in this nearly 15-minute video! Be sure to check out this video to see if YOUR question was answered. I loved hearing the answer to my own... and to the many I didn't even think to ask. 



Don't forget to click the 👍 under to video to let Jeremy know your appreciation!  


I STILL BELIEVE is AVAILABLE NOW ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL.

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Many thanks to LEV3L DIGITAL for the opportunity to participate in this campaign! If you are interested in blogging for them, learn more here!


Also check out Jeremy and Addie Camp's new book, In Unison. It is available at Amazon, along with other Jeremy Camp books.

Keep up with Jeremy, and check out his Official store at jeremycamp.com





Monday, June 1, 2020

Robert Amaya Rounds Out Cast of "The Farmer & the Belle: Saving Santaland"

Robert Amaya (Courageous, Moms' Night Out) will be playing the memorable character, Vinnie Scavo, a hilarious NYC agent, who appears throughout this family, Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland. Scheduled for release this Christmas season.

Amaya is a dedicated family man from Miami with a love of film and musicals who first won audiences' hearts as the funny, yet endearing, Javier the "Snake King" in Sherwood Picture's, Courageous. He has since become a family favorite in many uplifting films including Mom's Night Out. The producing partners for The Farmer and The Belle franchise, Gotzon, Chandler and Joel Bunkowske are thrilled to have Amaya's comedic genius round out their film. NYC based casting director, Stephen DeAngelis, shares in the delight.

The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland provides a pathway for moms, daughters, and grandmothers to discover inner beauty. The story is about a NYC model who spends the holidays in a small town. She falls in love with her childhood pen pal, a pig farmer, and helps save his hometown's Santaland learning true beauty comes from the heart, not just a pretty face.
This 87min picture directed by award-winning filmmaker Wes Llewellyn stars Jenn Gotzon (My Daddy's in Heaven), Jim E. Chandler (Lodge 49), John Schneider (Duke's of Hazzard), Corbin Bernsen (Major League), Natasha Bure (Home Sweet Home), Sandra Lafferty (Hunger Games), Roxzane Mims (Greenleaf), radio personality Delilah, Christian pop artist Beckah Shae, stand-up comedian Henry Cho and more.

"Given that this story is based on true events adds to the movie's appeal... The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland has a very strong Christian, biblical worldview with an emphasis on finding one's worth from the truth of God rather than the world's low standard." - Movieguide.

Distributed by Vision Films, Lise Romanoff is in talks with several broadcasters for this audience charmer. Contact lise@visionfilms.net for inquiries.

The Farmer and The Belle franchise has created three products incorporated into the movie's storyline. They include the five-charm biblically inscribed #Beauty Bracelet (in talks with major home shopping channel) accompanied by its devotional book, Divine Beauty: Becoming Beautiful based on God's Truth written by Michelle Cox (devotional series for Hallmark's When Calls the Heart) and Gotzon. The children's storybook, Beautiful Mable is written by VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. All products focus on discovering inner beauty.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible

In the CSB Life Essentials Study Bible, renowned Bible teacher, Dr. Gene Getz guides readers through Scripture by expounding on 1,500 life principles found throughout the Bible. Distilling these truths into life principles, Dr. Getz helps readers remember and apply the Bible’s wisdom to everyday life. The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible integrates a multimedia digital study system with more than 250 hours of in-depth video teachings from Dr. Gene Getz on these essential life principles (accessed through smartphone-accessible QR codes). Questions follow each principle to inspire personal reflection or group discussion. A topical index and cross-references for all 1,500 life principles are included, and each book introduction provides a list of corresponding life principles found in that book.

 Features include:
  • Commentary and application questions on 1,500 life principles
  • 250 hours of free in-depth video teaching to accompany each life principle
  • Two-color interior design
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two-column text
  • Topical subheadings
  • Black-letter text
  • 9-point type
  • Textual footnotes
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps

The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.


Dr. Gene Getz: 


MY REVIEW: I always love the opportunity to review Bibles and this one is an exciting discovery. I get frustrated with myself when I am doing daily Bible reading and my mind gets distracted. I have tried various plans, and really need them while reading a few books (like Leviticus, Numbers, etc), but my mind does tend to wander. So the set up of this Study Bible is an intriguing surprise.

Using a structured technique in each chapter: "The Nehemiah Principle," "The Amos Principle," "The Romans Principle,"... and you get the idea, Dr. Gene Getz gives insights, as well as highlighting key verses to help the student [of the Bible] to focus on what is being said. Of course, you should read it all, but that extra illumination is a huge help for me to hone in with what the Bible is saying. Commentaries, maps, concordance, and footnotes are very useful inclusions that I use.

The Reflections and Response section is useful for both personal and group study. They are connected with smartphone-accessible QR codes to videos. There are more than 250 hours of videos by Dr. Getz. A downside for me is that I don't own a smartphone (but have been considering getting one). However, I believe the Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible is well worth owning for the other info I am gleaning. The hardcover and stitching are very sturdy and the print size is comfortable to read.


GIVEAWAY!! There will be a very short turnaround on the giveaway this time. Type #LifeEssentialsL3 in comments to be entered. The contest ends on May 16, 2020. Many thanks to the publisher and LEV3L Digital for the giveaway!!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

I Still Believe - Review and Giveaway

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

From Lionsgate/ Kingdom Studios and starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, and Shania Twain, this was an eagerly anticipated film. After an excellent opening weekend, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic put a close to theaters. This led to a few weeks of successful VOD, and now the film has now been released to DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Downloads. Get yours at your favorite retailer or the istillbelievemovie.com website.

I saw an early prescreening of the film and really did enjoy it, and I refreshed my memory this week with the digital download offered to LEV3L bloggers. The film is based on the story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa. Their love story was tragically cut short due to ovarian cancer, but the film cannot be written off as a dramatic, tragic tear-jerker. It tells the story of a young, sweet romance between two people who grew even closer to each other and increased their faith in God. Melissa's story is one of courage, peace, inner strength, hope, and inspiration. She wanted her life to make an impact on others and this film fulfills that purpose. Jeremy's grief was heartbreaking, yet the viewer is inspired by his faith in God and that he kept his trust in God and his hope in the future.

I really did enjoy the film but not quite as much as I did I Can Only Imagine. Without giving any spoilers, a couple of scenes seemed out of place or a bit baffling (although they may have actually happened that way). However, I do highly recommend the film; I just get nit-picky when something doesn't quite make sense to me. Overall, the film is definitely one you will want to add to your personal film library. I have watched it 3 times so far and am excited to have a copy to watch many more times. 

SPEAKING OF OWNING A COPY... Here's YOUR chance to win a Digital Download of I Still Believe! Enter to win with #BELIEVEL3 ... and Submit your question(s) for Jeremy to answer in his video--- about the film... about his music... about his life... about his source of Hope (or, tell me your favorite Jeremy Camp song) in comments under the post. 

The giveaway includes:
  • FREE digital edition of I STILL BELIEVE
  • I STILL BELIEVE pop socket (for your smartphone)
  • I STILL BELIEVE wristband
  • Exclusive QandA with Jeremy Camp (via video)
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MAY 17, 2020

UPDATE!
Submit YOUR questions for Jeremy to answer in his video--about the film, about his music, about his life… about his source of Hope… anything. Jeremy will answer select questions by video... to be shared soon.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

The Englisch Daughter

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream are gone--and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman--her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?


My Review: My attention was fully captivated by the story of, The Englisch Daughter, by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. The story was unlike any I have read in Amish fiction with a few twists and turns and a bit of mystery. All of the characters are well developed and the story is richly-layered with emotions that tug at your heart and demonstrate a faith determined to honor God despite circumstances. With each unexpected event, shattered dream, or moment of heartbreak, these characters, especially Jemima, turn to God... albeit, sometimes after trying to fix things themselves with poor results. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction.
 
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah. This in no way affected my opinion. 

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CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of twenty-five works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Cindy’s writing has been featured on ABC’s Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband.

ERIN WOODSMALL is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of four. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. More recently she and Cindy have co-authored five books.