Originally posted 2015-09-08 09:44:15.
Before reading the PR statements (listed below) I listened to the CD they put together. To be honest, I thought ‘Pizza Ranch’ was some sort of silly band name, but it didn’t matter to me. What mattered was how good the CD was, because that’s why I’m reviewing it, right? Initially, my post was going to start with telling you this compilation of music totally inspires a sense of hope. Until I read it’s purpose, now it’s got to start differently. Only, I don’t know what to tell you.
Guess I’ll just go…. On the three hour trip back to seeing our little blessing I began to listen to the CD Pizza Ranch has put out to inspire Hope, not knowing it’s purpose. Let me tell you, after almost 7 months of our little one being in the hospital, imagining going home (that hope that things may get on to the ‘new normal’ soon) becomes harder and harder. As a parent, I keep praying and waiting (and I know it will happen) but some days are hard, others harder and that trip back and forth to the hospital, living there and only visiting your home and pets, is taxing. Frankly, I think I should be paid in advance, at least 20 years worth. Regardless, by the third or fourth song in, I was feeling hopeful about life in general, about everything. The rest of the music brought the same good feelings of hope.
Although those at Pizza Ranch who took on this project and put it together may never know the effects of their project on everyone, but hopefully they read this and know that they did make a difference. More importantly, I hope that you’ll buy the CD and it will bring you some hope and happiness as well.
Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born. Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience. They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
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Originally posted 2015-07-19 17:28:40.
Originally posted 2014-07-08 20:20:43.
Being someone who frequently does reviews, I’ve come to a habit of ‘writing’ my review as I view, listen to or test a product. It is hard for me, at this point, to forget that I’m supposed to be forming an opinion long enough to just experience what I’m doing. Soon after this video began, my thoughts of anything but the contents of the film left my mind. In fact, beyond just my ‘reviewers’ mindset, I’m rarely able to focus completely on a film. I was filled immediately with a sense of awe, of pure fascination with completely focused attention. I couldn’t tell you what my original thoughts on this one were, as my thoughts weren’t able to penetrate further than the importance of what I was hearing, and thoughts of reviewing passed into the recess of my mind, it was no longer important at all for that time.
Kirk Cameron wrote and narrated this this film as an answer to a question we as Christians all feel and I personally never know how to answer:
Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy and Suffering?
Prior to viewing this film, my answer was always that He was holding us. A generic answer which doesn’t ever give comfort, nor is it convincing. In all honesty, I’m not sure I ever had a real answer to the question. I live on faith, knowing that He is there. That is not enough for everyone or even myself particularly in times of dealing with grief, pain and sorrow. Knowing God is there, feeling Him, hearing Him, seeing Him doesn’t give me the answer. I’m still working on being able to productively be able to witness to someone, believer or otherwise.
In the film, Cameron is able to give an understanding to this dilemma that I’ve never heard before, one that in 30 years of going to various churches, hearing various sermons, I never was able to grasp. His narrative takes the story of a young mans exit of this mortal coil and utilizes it to help us grasp just how much greater God’s plan is than ours. I’m so in awe of the knowledge and overwhelmingly powerful realization of facts that I’m honestly having a hard time forming this review, but I have to share it.
I have a yearning need for you to see this film. Not because Kirk Cameron is the be all and end all by any means, but because God gave us a means of understanding through this film that I have never been able to grasp before. Cameron took stories I’ve heard my whole life, stories I’ve studied, and helped me to see things I have never seen before. Not through opinion, through simply putting emphasis and thought to parts of the story that have been dismissed or overlooked time and time again. I have no doubt that this film will move you, bless you and ultimately bring you deeper thought and understanding of why there must be suffering and death, as in them lies a beauty that has been hidden within the depths of grief that most of use would never grasp on our own.
Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”
Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope.
In theaters for only two weeknights (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.
Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80’s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.
Visit the official website: http://
About Provident Films
Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. Films from the company have included Courageous, October Baby, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. More info is available at ProvidentFilms.org.
Originally posted 2014-01-31 05:36:53.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.
A great stocking stuffer and family Christmas classic, available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/IpaqUJ
Originally posted 2013-12-13 09:34:31.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!
The First Christmas Night
Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages$16.99
Originally posted 2013-12-05 09:12:22.
About 1 Girl Nation
Even after reading the description above, I expected to hear something that I really couldn’t enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised. 1 Girl Nation has a sound that reminds me of a mixture of 80’s girl bands, modern day secular music, and a hint of contemporary Christian wrapped up in a praise and worship band. As their pictures suggest, their music is fun and joyful. With their primary target audience being pre-teen, teens, and young adults I think 1 Girl Nation should be on their way to the top! I don’t think it will be long before they are being blasted all over Christian radio stations. They sing songs that make you feel good but aren’t like the typical music you hear. It wasn’t far into the CD before I was bobbing my head and enjoying the music.
Originally posted 2013-11-16 06:23:20.