Friday, November 10, 2017

God's Great Love For You - Rick Warren

God’s Great Love for You, by bestselling author and pastor Rick Warren, is a story that lets children know that God's love is with them everywhere and all of the time. With simple sentences, and winsome illustrations by Chris Saunders, a child is assured that she is always surrounded by God's great love.

It's a cute book and I especially love the illustrations. I do disagree with the age range recommendation, though. It is much too simple for 7 and 8 year old children, so I would suggest it for 6 year old and under. My great-grandchildren are all under 3 right now, and this seems more suitable as a bedtime story book for them. The very short sentences are a better fit for their attention spans. The main character is also female, so I don't think the boys will like this one quite as much as girls. Of course, that is not true each time, but I still would have preferred a mix of characters. Still, a good book to introduce the love of God to wee ones.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Price of Fame

The Price of Fame explores the life of Ted Dibiase, "Million Dollar Man” and his family. They built a Legacy in the ring, but the lasting impact will be felt for generations outside the ring. Discover what the Price of Fame was for Ted, and what he found that changed everything, something Priceless.

Ted DiBiase, WWE Hall Of Fame pro wrestler, aka as the villainous “Million Dollar Man.” A second generation wrestler, Ted is the son of “Iron” Mike DiBiase. Ted became a professional wrestler in 1975, but his big break came in 1987 when he became a part of the WWF.
After his image was made into action figures, characters in video games and his face on everything from T-shirts to pin-ball machines, he ended his active career at the end of 1993 due to a neck injury. Ted spent the rest of the 90s as a ringside commentator & manager. Since then, Ted has authored a book about his life entitled Every Man Has His Price, and now is a full time evangelist and motivational speaker.


On November 7, 2017, Fathom Events presents The Price of Fame as a One Night Only event. Get your tickets...HERE!




LINKS:
Ted Diblase - Million Dollar Man website
Fathom Events - The Price of Fame
Get Price of Fame Tickets


My Review: I confess, I was unsure when asked to review this one. I have never been a fan of wrestling, so I seemed to be an unlikely person to ask. Because of movies, I did recognize Andre the Giant (Princess Bride) and Shawn Michaels (The Resurrection of Gavin Stone)...and other names were familiar because my kids watched in the 80s and I remember hearing them talk about the wrestlers.

Actually, I found The Price of Fame interesting. I was more intrigued by the themes of forgiveness and redemption. Healing the wounds of a marriage that could have easily broken is an issue that can resonate with nearly anyone. And, while I did not convert to a wrestling fan, the behind-the scenes look at that world did keep my interest. Fans will certainly enjoy it, but this autobiographical documentary will keep the interest of others too.

Thanks to Icon Media Group for sending me a link for review purposes. All opinions are strictly my own.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Champion DVD

Friendship and forgiveness are at the heart of the story in Champion, coming to Digital and On Demand on October 24, 2017, and DVD on November 7, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. An impactful and inspiring tale perfect for the entire family, the poignant film stars Andrew Cheney (Beyond the Mask, Seasons of Gray), Gary Graham (Star Trek: Renegades, Alien Nation) and Robert Amaya (Courageous, Moms’ Night Out). Champion on DVD and digital is overflowing with compelling bonus features including music videos, never-before-seen outtakes and a featurette that take viewers behind the scenes of the beautifully crafted story.
Sean Weathers (Cheney) is a hotshot dirt track racer with a thriving career, adoring fans, and a loving daughter. Jack Reed (Graham) is a successful businessman working to reconnect with his estranged son (Stratton). When a single mistake results in tragedy, it leads the paths of these two men to cross, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Together, they must work through the painful journey toward healing. But as secrets come to light threatening to destroy all hope, can they put their faith in God and discover a way toward redemption? Experience this story about the power of faith, love, and the true freedom of forgiveness.

I reviewed "Champion" several months ago. You can read my review here: Champion. I really liked the film and found it to be more in-depth than I expected and certainly more than a little racing movie. At this year's Christian Media Association conference, Content17, Champion won 2 awards: Best Cinematic Quality (Wes Llewellyn) and Best All Around Trailer (Judd Brannon).

GIVEAWAY: Now you can win a DVD of your own---thanks to Icon Media !To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog or under one of the posts (I advise tagging me to make sure I don't miss you. All entries must be made by end of day, Saturday, November 4, 2017.
LINKS:
ChampionTheMovie.com
Champion the movie on Facebook

Follow @ChampionMovie on Twitter

Follow championthemovie on Instagram

Champion on IMDb

  • BONUS FEATURES on DVD & DIGITAL:
  • The Heart of Champion – The story of how the movie came about, the grassroots efforts that made the film possible, the crafting of the story, and what the filmmakers hoped the viewers would experience.

  • Music Videos
  • Outtakes
  •  Original Theatrical Trailer  
          
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Andrew Cheney, Gary Graham, Robert Amaya, Isaiah Stratton, Cameron Arnett, Faith Renee Kennedy
Directed By: Judd Brannon
Produced By: Steve Hyland
Screenplay By: Missy Reedy and Sarah Inabnit
Executive Producer: Judd Brannon
Line Producer: David Cook
Music By: Cliff Duren
Costume Designer: Teila Meyers
Edited By: Steve Hullfish and Judd Brannon
Production Designer: Marcela Shaw
Director of Photography: Wes Llewellyn

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: November 7, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61192954
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: PG for thematic material
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles 
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Comeback - Louie Giglio

The Comeback by Louie Giglio is a celebration of new beginnings. For the times when you feel confused, frustrated, or that you have made too many mistakes, this book offers encouragement to keep going. If you are grieving, or life no longer makes sense, Giglio offers perspective.

Louie Giglio has been one of my favorite speakers for many years, and I have loved his books. This one is no exception. Louie mixes personal stories and applies Biblical principles. Filled with examples of second chances and numerous come-back stories, this book is meant to offer hope to all, no matter how discouraged or helpless an individual may feel.


While not very heavy theologically, it does speak clearly to people who need to know that all hope is not lost. I know that during my lowest moments, I am more apt to listen to a simple voice of reason to get me back on the path. Giglio's core audience, due to his Passion events, is mostly young adults who may not have the experience of having to cling to and cultivate the deep faith roots that someone who has waged more battles. I recommend the book to the young...in age or faithwalk or to the people who are having a difficult season of life. But it is a good read and reminder of where our hope lies for anyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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.”


LINKS:
Louie Giglio
FREE Chapter of The Comeback
Thomas Nelson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Father Effect book - John Finch

THE FATHER EFFECT: Hope and Healing from a Dad's Absence by John Finch with Blake Atwood is a must-read for those who have lost their fathers...whether through divorce, death, or disinterest.

John Finch was only eleven years old when his father committed suicide. But it wasn't until he was a father of three girls that he began to realize that the loss of his father had such an impact on him. His relationship with his wife and daughters was strained when he knew that healing would have to begin with forgiving both himself and his father for choosing to leave in order to become the dad his children needed him to be.

I first met John on Facebook when he was making his short film, The Father Effect. Over the years, I have followed his posts and endeavors to make a feature-length film, and now the book. The iterviews he has shared, along with his own story, have been a compelling revelation of just how important a father is in a child's life. I had a close relationship with my own dad until after the death of my mom when I was in my twenties. we were beginning to heal our rift when he was killed in a car wreck. But, my children lost their dad through divorce when they were pre-schoolers & he stayed away from them physically & emotionally. I tried to be both parents, but, I simply could not be their dad.



The Father Effect is an eye-opening account of the just how important it is to find healing if you did not have a father in your life...to forgive and to lean on our perfect Father for the wholeness you need. If you are a father, try to mend the rift in the relationship with your child. John shares his own journey with an honesty that is insightful and hopeful. Stories shared by men and women who have experienced hurt from their fathers, as well as words of wisdom from professionals, give this book a balanced approach that speaks to people with words of hope. I highly recommend this book to everyone no matter what your relationship with your father. And, if you are a dad...this is a must-read! Everyone should know the importance and value of a father in the life of his child.

LINKS:

The Father Effect website
Buy on Amazon
Read the First Chapter Encouraging Dads website
The Father Effect movies
The Father Effect - Facebook

Follow @thefathereffect on Twitter
The Father Effect - YouTube
Blake Atwood website

Friday, October 6, 2017

Same Kind of Different as Me trailer


“Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.” Words of wisdom from a homeless drifter; words that never would be shared with the world if not for a wayward husband, a forgiving wife, and an unforgettable true story that brought the three of them together.

With more money than they could ever possibly need, Ron and Debbie Hall have everything they could ever want … except for a loving marriage. When Ron’s unfaithfulness is brought to light, Debbie invites him to stay—as long as he remains truthful and does what she asks of him. But when her request includes serving the homeless at an inner-city rescue mission, Ron would prefer to write a large check instead.  Guided by her faith and spurred on by the dream of a homeless man she senses will change their city, Debbie befriends a disenfranchised man named Denver. More surprisingly, so does Ron. Despite vast differences, their lives begin to intersect and they all are changed … forever. (description provided by LEV3L Digital)




Same Kind of Different as Me, based on a true story, s
tarring Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight opens in theaters October 20, 2017. The movie is an inspirational look at the difference a person can make when reaching out to find common ground and the impact we can make on others...no matter who you are. More than the story of how one couple helps a homeless man, it's also the story of how he helps them. Make sure you explore their website, Like/Follow their Social Media, and Mark Your Calendar for October 20, 2017!!

GIVEAWAY!! You can Win 2 FREE tickets to see Same Kind of Different as Me at your local theater!! Leave a comment on this blog or on 1 of my posts about the film to be entered. Deadline to enter is 11am CDT on October 16, 2017. USA Residents Only for this giveaway.

Friday, September 22, 2017

All In - Matthew West cd




Matthew West wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew launched a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18. Each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

My Review: Overall, I really liked the CD. I do believe the title song will become a fan favorite; Not a style I am as fond of, but that's okay. "Broken Things" was really good, but I fell in love with the CD over "Mercy is a Song." "Amen" was another upbeat song that I found my toes tapping to, and enjoyed hearing a bit of Matthew's story in "A Life Worth Changing." "Something Greater" really was great...and "Jesus and You" was amazing; I could have hit replay several times. But then it would have delayed, "The Beautiful Things We Miss" and that's definitely a song I am happy I didn't miss. "1 Song" was good and I loved "Power of a Sound Mind." "Never Give Up" is likely to become a 'power anthem' for many...as in "Dream Again." I really liked "Becoming Me" and "You Are Known" was a perfect, encouraging end. There is also a Bonus track that made me laugh out loud---literally.

I confess, I was having a frustrating day, and reviewing a CD was just one more task to check off my to-do list. But, the more I listened, I could feel my tension easing. I was drawn away from my problems into a less self-focused attitude into a reminder that my life is about so much more than little frustrations. I give All In a solid A.

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