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Grace Unplugged Review

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Delving into the story of Grace, I loved her spirit and her focus.  I could easily see Grace in not only myself but in many of the young ladies I know.  Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t far into the book when I came across a young lady who needed Grace’s story far more than I did.  So, after giving it much thought and consideration, I gave the books to one of my Monkeys.  I asked her to simply read it and give me her thoughts so that I could share them with you.  😀

Given that she is a young adult, writing the review didn’t really turn into a paragraph, but instead a collection of thoughts.  Perhaps that will be better.  Monkey 2 likes the book and has enjoyed it.  She shares the same passion of music as Grace does so relating to the book has been quite simple for her!

She writes:

She [Grace] has real controlling parents that want her to be in college instead of pursuing her music career. She talks to God every day [praying] that her parents will lighten up and have faith an believe in her. I think the own it book guides you through the book on how to connect with the girl in the book.

Needless to say, Monkey 2 is getting into the book.  I can’t wait to see what blessings it brings her!  I also can’t wait to pass it on to my niece, as I know she too will relate!

 

About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.
When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the “real world” puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

 

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.

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About Own It, Discover Your Faith in God
The movie Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an ideal Christian teenager who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she is pushed into the “real world” at the tender age of eighteen after getting the music break of a lifetime, her faith is put to the test.

Own It mirrors the film by asking what it means to really “own” your personal faith rather than just automatically following in the footsteps of parents, friends, or other influencers. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges.

Without solid beliefs, poor choices are likely to follow. You must take the time to really know who you are, who you are becoming, and who God made you to be. It’s your personal faith . . . own it!

About the Grace Unplugged Author
Melody Carlson has sold more than five million books. A professional writer for twenty years, she recently received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Melody has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.
About the Own It Authors
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery. She has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Precept National Women’s Conference, and MOPS Intl. among others and has consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events for teens and young women in North America.

Michael DiMarco is a skillled communicator and teacher who has authored more than a dozen bestselling books including the 2010 Christian Bookof the Year for Youth, B4UD8 (Before You Date). He and his wife, author Hayley DiMarco, have one daughter and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grace Unplugged

Written by: Melody Carlson

Publisher: B&H Books

Paperback: 304 pages

Release Date: September 1, 2013
$15.99
Own It
Written by: Hayley and Michael DiMarco
Publisher: B&H PublishingPaperback: 192 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2013

$14.99

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And remember to check out the Grace Unplugged movie trailer
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Originally posted 2013-09-26 07:00:48.

New Movie Release: Paul Apostle of Christ #PaulMovie #FlyBy

In PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, Luke risks his life to visit Paul, who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

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Paul may have been one of my favorite Apostles.  I appreciate that he didn’t put too much stock into niceties and was straight forward.  It is the opinion of this blogger that life would be a lot easier if everyone were straight forwards.  Of course, it is quite obvious that today’s society can’t really tolerate anyone disagreeing with their own perspective.  Funny, if no one disagrees with us, how might we grow?  As both individuals and Christians?

Paul, Apostle of Christ

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is a faith film that doesn’t shy away from presenting the reality of fear, danger and persecution faced by the early believers in the time of Nero . . . and their amazing acts of faith, love and service. Practicing Christian faith often meant a death sentence in ancient Rome, often brought about by horrific means. But in the face of it, the early church continued to serve. Talk to filmmakers about the bold choice of showing what life was really like for the early Christians, and what that means for us today.

Biblical Accuracy or Cinematic Drama? How About Both!

Creators of PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST went to great lengths to be biblically authentic in details of Paul’s life and journeys. Then they created characters to interact with him weaving drama throughout. Talk to filmmakers about the challenges and benefits of bringing a New Testament story to life for 21st century filmgoers.

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I Can Only Imagine In Theaters Soon!!! Fandago Ticket Giveaway

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The song I Can Only Imagine seems to have gotten so popular that most people have heard it at one time or another, whether on purpose or just hearing it in passing.  They’ve now turned the song into a movie!  In theaters March of 2018, the song so many has come to love will be brought to life on the big screen!  For me, the song makes my heart wish for that time, but I know that I have to wait and do good until then.  All too often I long for the day to meet our Father, but even more so to be reunited with my baby girl.  I’ll be honest and say that since we lost her, I can’t listen to that song (or most) anymore, my heart yearns and aches to a point beyond what I can tolerate and still be able to function.  I suppose that was a pointless side track, but that’s my prerogative.

Back on point, check out the description below.  The film seems to be a lot like many of the Christian movies that have come out in the past few years.  There are only two that stand out to me as different and I highly recommend them: Mom’s Night Out and The War Room.  Perhaps the hometown football story line is up your alley, I know a lot of people who will absolutely love this film.  I’m fairly certain my entire family will be buying tickets in advance to see the film.  Then probably pre-ordering it as well.  Just as the song will grip anyone’s heart strings, the film is sure to do so as well.

As a side note, if you love the song (or just see potential in the lyrics), check out Tamala Mann’s version.  That woman has the most amazing voice and can bring you to your knees and your heart to the feet of Jesus.  She truly has a gift!

I Can Only Imagine

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

 

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The Confession (DVD) Review

The-Confessions-DVD-758x1024 The Confession (DVD) ReviewI recently had the extreme pleasure of watching one of Beverly Lewis’ amazing stories come to life in a film by Michael Landon Jr.  I was skeptical because of my love for Beverly Lewis’ books and my own personal bias against book-to-film, but this one astounded me!  The Confession is a really great movie!
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Originally posted 2013-06-02 00:01:29.

Ring the Bell DVD Review

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Ring the Bell will be available for purchase on 5/3/2013 and is a movie that sets out to teach and inspire through entertainment.  The DVD will be released at $19.99 and features the Christian band Casting Crowns and features Stephan Curtis Chapman.  You can obtain a leader and study group guide via their website to deepen the movie experience.

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Originally posted 2013-05-03 05:00:00.

This Is Our Time Review

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My Thoughts
The movie had a great story line!  It’s a really touching message that helped provide insight into foreign ministry, loss and serving God’s purpose rather than our own.  It’s hard to say a lot without giving away the plot, but it is definitely a movie that will touch your heart and leave you with a very important message.  I feel like it’s an important message to share and a great movie to use as a route to deeper conversation!


About This Is Our Time

The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

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Originally posted 2013-04-17 08:29:00.

Abel’s Field DVD Review

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Seems like these days it is so rare to watch a movie that truly touches you.  Gripping you not with anticipation but with hope for the characters on your screen Abel’s Field is an amazing movie.  Minutes in I was hooked, so deeply into the characters that I forgot for a while that it was a movie!  Even my 17 year old was stuck to the film, hoping and waiting to find out what would happen next.
I suppose you can guess that I really enjoyed the film.  The acting was done well, so much that you believed the characters were who they were playing and wished you could help them in their plight!  I found myself desperately hoping that God would jump in and help them!  Although many times movies such as these aren’t all that great, whether it be the story being too predictable or second rate actors, you’ll not find that with this film.

We are really fortunate in not only were we able to review this before it’s release date (January 22, 2013), we also get to give one lucky reader their own copy!  You are going to love it, I swear!  Below is the synopses and a little more about it!
About Abel’s Field

Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (SOUL SURFER’S Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.”

Originally posted 2013-01-18 06:00:00.

Father of Lights DVD Review

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Hey everyone! This video is an amazing testament to God and His majesty!  While normally I am not really a documentary fan, this one was so incredibly touching that I can’t wait to share it.  So, here are the thoughts I had while watching it:

  • it gives not only understanding but also a different insight on scripture that I’ve read
  • it promotes thoughts with biblical backing
  • it gives multiple explanations from multiple children of God as to what grace is
  • it reminds us that our loneliness is a choice!  Yep, wrap your mind around that one!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed it!  Check out the preview below, read about it, and get entered to win a copy!  You’ll love it and want to share it with everyone!

About Father of Lights
FATHER OF LIGHTS chronicles the journey of filmmaker Darren Wilson and his team as they fearlessly travel the globe, far from the daily existence of the typical evangelical believer in the West. By thoughtfully documenting the stories of extraordinary believers and candidly filming miracles, visions and other supernatural occurrences, Wilson engages viewers in modern day examples of the true nature and character of God.
Wilson gives honest access to his own spiritual questions as he tackles the religious misconceptions he has struggled with throughout his life. “I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is. To answer this question, we had to peel back the many layers of religious garbage that has been passed onto him through generations. That He is angry. Vengeful. Wrathful. And in general, that He doesn’t like you very much. The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine.”
About Wanderlust Productions
Wanderlust Productions is a video production company focusing on creating content for various media that highlights, informs, and is designed to spiritually stretch our audience. Created by Darren Wilson, Professor at Judson University, Wanderlust’s focus is on telling stories that inspire and agitate, that are unwavering in their honesty yet are emotionally compelling. While our content will always be Christian in nature, we are not afraid to explore themes, concepts, or areas that may be considered “risky” by the Christian establishment. Wanderlust prides itself on its willingness to put the story above the message. That being said, the message will never waver.
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Originally posted 2012-11-06 06:00:00.

Champion DVD #ChampionMovie

Champion is a new film from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  We are crazy excited for this giveaway ending November 6th.  Read all about it and get your entries daily!

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All About the Film

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.

 

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

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I absolutely love the Book of Luke.  There is so much there to keep one learning and one of my favorite things of the Bible is that every book, including Luke, directs back to each either by direct quotes or by [sometimes vague] direct reference.  I am amazingly excited about this particular film because it’s (as stated on the cover) word for word and unedited.  Seems like a gutsy move by the directors but certainly an appreciated one.  I look forward to watching it and will be coming back to talk about it once I do!  Until then, read all about it below.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Following The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Mark comes the third installment in the renowned Gospel film series, The Gospel of Luke, arriving on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. The third book of The New Testament comes to life for the first time with a truly unique, word-for-word adaptation that uses the gospel narrative as its script. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars, and produced by the Lumo Project, The Gospel series was given the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+. The Gospel of Luke DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS 

The Gospel of Luke, more than any other, fits the category of ancient biography. Luke, as “narrator” of events, sees Jesus as the “Savior” of all people, always on the side of the needy and the deprived. Narrated in the NIV by British actor Richard E. Grant and in the KJV by Sir Derek Jacobi, this epic production — featuring specially constructed sets and the authentic countryside of Morocco — has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story.

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