Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Altar Egos

Desperate to see their church grow, Pastor John (Robert Amaya, MOM’S NIGHT OUT, COURAGEOUS) and wife Betsy (Erin Bethea, FIREPROOF) do the unthinkable and change their church Christmas pageant. Flabbergasted, elderly choir director Mary Margaret (Sallie Wanchisn) leads the choir to boycott. Facing termination, Pastor John resorts to disguising himself as an old man to bridge the generation gap, win over Mary, and lead the choir back to the church. When he discovers that the wounds run deeper than he first suspected, Pastor John must learn to love the unlovable or risk the ruin of his church and family. Also stars Victoria Jackson (SNL). Written and directed by Sean Morgan, the film uses the themes of loving the "unloveable," reconciliation, conflict resolution, and change vs tradition. 

Altar Egos is a good "popcorn" movie to enjoy with family or friends. It's not one of the funniest films I have ever seen, but it is amusing. The themes of the film can be told in a very heavy-handed way, so it is refreshing to see points made in a more humorous way. To quote Mary Poppins, a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down. Some of the scenes were a bit too silly for me, and some left me puzzled, but it was overall entertaining. There were also a couple of editing issues that I wish had been fixed, but that is not uncommon in any movie. 

Good acting throughout the film. Robert Amaya and Victoria Jackson are excellent any time they do comedy. But, I have to mention 2 of the younger cast members. Lindsley Register lit up the screen each time she appeared. I loved her portrayal of Holly. But, the standout performance for me was Max Morgan! He was good as the teen-aged Jack, but when he would transform into the elderly Frank, I could not take my eyes off of him as he tried to fit into the senior crowd and made attempts to get them to loosen up a bit.

Conflict and resolution are the major staple of most films, and I thought Altar Egos did a good job in the "and they all lived happily ever after..." style while still making their points. Sometimes we need to see things from a different point of view to gain a greater understanding.

The DVD will be released on September 5, so be watching for it. You can also enter to WIN a DVD of your own by commenting on this blog post. Thanks to LEV3L DIGITAL AND BMG for their generosity! Deadline to Enter is August 28, 2017.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Praying For Girls - Teri Lynne Underwood

Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Teri Lynne Underwood are Scripture-based prayers for the girls in your life. Raising a daughter can cause a lot of worry and concern, especially when we think of the danger, trials, and temptations that will face her. Yet you can feel the peace that comes when you pray specific Scriptures over her and turn your prayers into hope and promises rather than times of fear over what may happen.

There are five vital areas of a girl's life--her identity, heart, mind, relationships, and purpose-- and you will find guidance and assurance that you may pray with confidence over your child to cover each of these areas. I love the personalized Scripture prayers. Not only does it use God's Word to pray for your daughter, but has the added benefit of making Scripture more personal for yourself. Sometimes we forget this is not simply history or words meant for someone else.

There are also conversation starters and activities to help you raise your child into a confident woman of God. One of the things I enjoyed most is that it incorporates ideas for various stages in life. Each chapter has " Girl Talk" suggestions for a young child, a tween, and for a young woman. I have a daughter, a granddaughter, and 2 great-granddaughters, so I found age-appropriate ideas for each...or ideas that I can personalize. There are also ideas I can use just as easily with sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons. Definitely a multi-generalization book that can be passed on to the next generation.

I received a copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews (Cross Focused Media
). I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

All Saints movie

ALL SAINTS, based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), is the story of a faithful few working together to save their community. Assigned to a small church with only a dozen members, Spurlock has also been given the task of finding a buyer for the prime property and closing the church. But his plans to complete the deal and be transferred to a growing church hits a snag when a group of refugee farmers from Burma arrive to make a fresh start in America.

As the church welcomes the newcomers, a fresh vision is unveiled. Working together, the congregants persevere to turn the land into a working farm that will feed the flock and support church expenses. The film delivers an incredibly relevant and timely message of faith, hope, community and the power of the church.

The film reunites Corbett with his former "Northern Exposure" co-star, Barry Corbin. Other featured stars of All Saints are Chonda Pierce, Cara Buono, Nelson Lee, Gregory Alan Williams, and Myles Moore. Written by Steve Armour and directed by Steve Gomer, the film, released through
Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures), will open in theaters on August 25, 2017. It is rated PG and running time is 108 minutes.

The trailer looks amazing. Wonderful actors, the cinematography is great, and more importantly, I love the inspirational feel to it. We all need faith... as well as something to hope for and a dream to achieve.

Be sure to check out the website and follow on the All Saints social media platforms. For easy access, click on links below:

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Content17 Film Tank Contest

Do you have a Short Film or Trailer? This includes Narrative Film, TV/Web Programs, Docs, Bios and Music Videos. It could be worth up to $20,000 in cash and prizes if entered in Content17 Film Tank Contest! Sponsored by CONTENT17 and Upliftv (which airs in millions of homes reaching every city in America), this is an opportunity to have your project viewed by attending distributors and win an Upliftv Network marketing campaign and cash.

*DEADLINE TO ENTER JULY 31, 2017... and you MUST be registered to attend Christian Media Association Content 17!

Here’s a Summary of How it Works:

  • The Top 3 submissions in each Category will be chosen and will be displayed at Judging of the “Film Tank” Contest at CONTENT17.(Distributors will see your trailer and or short film. You might even get a call from one of them before the conference).
  • The Films will be voted on by the attendees (audience). The Top Short Film/Trailer in each category will WIN a “CMA Upliftv 2017 Film Award” (plaque), AND be honored at the Concluding Awards Luncheon Session.
The Winners will then go to the Final Judging to Win the Grand Prize.


Prizes and Recognition:

BEST ALL AROUND SHORT FILM (of all categories)
Prize: $15k value

  • $5,000 in US Funds
  • Marketing Campaign w/Upliftv (valued at $5k)
  • CONTENT17 Promo Package (valued at $5k)

BEST ALL AROUND TRAILER (of all categories)
Prize: $5k value

  • Marketing Campaign w/Upliftv (valued at $5k)

Recognitions Plaque Awards will be decided upon by judges before the conference & will be awarded a plaque at the final awards general session.





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Swipe Right - Levi Lusko

Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance (Thomas Nelson) by Levi Lusko: Love, sex, romance and relationships are powerful, but too often are treated as trivial and disposable in today's society. In this book, Lusko, pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multisite church in Montana, and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience, shares how to go beyond meaningless sex to a lasting relationship that is much more fulfilling.

Some of the things Levi Lusko shares with honesty from both his own life experiences and God’s Word are:
  • regret-proof your marriage bed and your deathbed
  • resist settling for instant pleasure by discovering what your heart really longs for
  • learn how to avoid and treat sexual scars by careful living today
  • turn the clumsy “sex talk” with your child into dialogue that leads to wise choices
  • transform a stagnant marriage by trading predictable nearness for mind-blowing intimacy 
God created sex, so His plan is for sex to be a pleasure, but also a part of a committed relationship between a husband and wife. Lusko has written a powerful book that is honest, relatable, and often funny. Going beyond the physical act, he also speaks on emotional intimacy, porn, and how we sometimes block God's best for us by answering the voice that yells, "NOW!" rather than waiting.

This is also a book for those who are thinking, "Too late for me now." Yes, this book is better to read when you are young and willing to commit to God's standards, but there comes a time when you recommit to a standard and set out on a new path. "Sampson's Hair Began to Grow" is one of my favorite chapters. Sampson's story has always been one of my least favorites, but I have been learning a lot lately from this man who was one of God's chosen...yet chose his way over God's every time. Yet, in the end, God was able to use him. 

 My only issue with the book is also one of the reasons I will absolutely recommend it to others. Sometimes I simply did not have a clue what the man was referencing! I am a Pop Culture illiterate. I have never heard of dating apps like Tinder...and I certainly was not going to Google it. I don't watch television, seldom see secular movies, don't play computer games and rarely use my phone. So, I was often puzzled, but have no doubt my children and grandchildren would totally understand. I also loved the section, "Things I Really, Really Want You to Remember." Perfect...even for those who don't like to read. 

I received a copy of this book at no cost to myself for review purposes. I was only required to give an honest review.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Solveig Leithaug 'TIME' CD

Time by Dove Award-winning recording artist Solveig Leithaug highlights guest vocals by Anthony Skinner, Cindy Morgan, Kelly Willard and Solveig’s daughter Kari Julianna. Eight of the project’s eleven songs are new and were written by Solveig with award-winning songwriters such as: Reba Rambo-McGuire, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Hart, Anthony Skinner, and Kelly Willard.

 was produced by Steve Hindalong and features some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Jeff Taylor, Stu Garrard, Matt Slocum, and others along with Solveig’s signature acoustic guitars.

I enjoyed listening to the CD. Some of it was quiet, soothing music as I worked, but was just what I needed to relax. Her voice, along with the instruments. are a wonderful combination. Perhaps it
's due to it being an old favorite of mine anyway, but I especially loved "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms," but was also fond of the penny whistle I heard in the background of "Finn Torkel's Vise." 

TIME includes the following songs:
1. Supermoon
2. Time
3. Lift You Up feat. Cindy Morgan
4. Do You Know Jesus
5. Finn Torkel's Vise (Laplander's Song)
6. Ellis Island
7. Get Together feat. Anthony Skinner
8. Take Your Word For It
9. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
10. Trylle Bittelitt
11. Simple Things
For a sample, here is the title track, "Time."

Summarizing her goal as an artist, Solveig states: “Whether performing with a band, full orchestra and choir, or alone with my guitar, my prayer has always been that my music will be an artistic bridge of hope, connecting the listener to their Creator.”

Solveig Leithaug - BlogTour Interview with Karen Power

For more information about the blog tour, please CLICK HERE.
For more information about Solveig, her tour schedule, or to purchase a copy of the TIME CD, CLICK HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Facebook: Solveig Leithaug Music
Twitter: @Solveigmusic

Instagram: sophie_lighthouse

Website: Solveigmusic.com

GIVEAWAY: To be entered to win a copy of "Time" leave a comment (or contact me) by end of day June 30, 2017

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.
  • Over 700 four-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout
  • Full-color design
  • Book introductions, including important facts and an image to orient the reader
  • One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading
  • Presentation page
  • The complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible
  • Beautiful cover featuring gloss
My Review: This hard cover version of the Bible is visually appealing and appears to be well bound and sturdy. The negative for me is the very tiny print, but, I imagine that a larger size would make the book more cumbersome to handle, especially for a younger reader. There is room for notes on some pages, but not all. I do like room to take notes in my study Bible. I did expect a few more photos due to the intended age range, but I would not recommend this one for a child under 10. The thin pages may not be sturdy enough for the younger child, either.

The pages that have less room are filled with visuals and notes that illuminate the Scripture. The facts are fascinating and provide info that the reader might not realize in reading the story, or even when learning about a particular portion of Scripture in church. Again, though, they may be more suitable for 10 and up. I do love the maps, but have always loved maps in my Bible. My overall impression is positive, though, and I would recommend this Bible for a child who is ready to go more indepth is learning, especially as part of a home or church Bible study.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."